With the advent of monsoon , babies and kids are majorly prone to diarrhea and dysentery are commonly known as loose motion. It is caused by rotavirus which affects the intestine and prevents the absorption of nutrients from the food consumed.
Once the baby/kid has loose motion, they lose weight, grow weak and tired due to dehydration. It occurs as frequent loose motions with or without vomiting.
In babies, the consistency of the poop could be very runny filled with mucus and phlegm. In older kids, it occurs as irritation, tummy ache, and frequent bowel movements.
When my baby had loose motion, I was worried too. But with proper food and other precautions, her loose motion stopped within one day. Here are the remedial measures we took :
If its a breastfed baby, breastfeed as and when the baby demands. It helps to restore the water lost from the body. My baby was breastfed throughout the day whenever she demanded.
If the baby is formula-fed or above 6 months, ORS could be given. ORS packets are easily available in medical stores.
If the ORS packets are not available, 1 teaspoon of sugar and an equal amount of salt can be mixed in the cooled boiled water and provided after each bowel movement. This helps to restore the lost ions and water from the body.
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2. Food intake during this time
Though the nutrients are not absorbed properly at this time, food is required for immunity buildup. All these foods can be provided.
Loose motions not only make your baby irritable and restless but also drains a lot of potassium from his body making him go out of energy. Banana helps in restoring the level of potassium in the body. This fruit is rich in several nutrients such as potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, Vitamin A, and B6. Bananas are a must in every household. It is also available round the year and babies love to eat it as well.
Having ginger in your food is an effective way of avoiding diarrhea and proves to be good for the digestive system. To feed ginger to your baby, add several ingredients including one teaspoon of grated ginger, a pinch of cumin powder, cinnamon powder, and honey. Once the mixture is ready, give it your baby thrice a day to better results.
Apple is yet another fruit that is one of the most effective baby loose motion home remedies. Apples are rich in pectin that is responsible for firming up the bowel’s movement. In addition to this, feeding an apple will help your baby in getting the much-needed energy back that was lost during loose-motion. To make it soft and easily-digestible for your baby, wash an apple and boil it in water for a few minutes. Now mash it well to make a puree.
If your baby is more than 8 months old, then buttermilk can be a good baby loose motion home remedy. This effective treatment helps in fighting bacteria and germs and soothes your baby’s digestive system. Add some salt and black pepper and give the tasty drink to your baby.
- Puffed rice water:
Puffed rice water is one of the most famous baby loose motion home remedies especially in India, where the puffed rice is boiled and strained water is fed to babies twice a day for rapid relief from loose motions. The white rice is easily digestible and consists of starch. It has been proven to be an effective treatment for diarrhea among newborns.
- Red lentil soup:
During loose motions, your baby will lose energy and refuse to eat anything. At this time, offering soups including red lentil soup is a viable choice to restore your baby’s energy. Lentils are high in proteins and energy that tastes amazing. Boil one cup of lentil in water. Let it cool, the lentil will settle down in some time. Now separate the water from the lentil and add a pinch of salt to enhance the taste.
- Coconut water:
Coconut water is a famous drink for enhancing the energy level. Coconut water is associated with several benefits such as it helps in regaining the lost fluids in the body and also tastes amazing. Give it to your child two-three times a day to quick results.
- Carrot juice:
Carrot juice is an effective baby loose motion home remedy. Along with other health benefits, it also helps in restoring the energy in the body. It is a great source of energy during diarrhea or loose motions. Make carrot juice or boil the carrot in water. Once cooled mash it well to make a puree. Serve it to your baby a couple of times during the day.
Not to forget about the much-needed breastmilk. Breastmilk is a great source of all the necessary nutrients for the baby. Breast Milk contains high antibodies that help in speeding up the recovery of your child and get rid of loose motions.
- Boiled potatoes
- Boiled pasta (for older kids)
- Arrowroot powder with a little salt made into a runny porridge with water/curd
- Kanji paani /gruel water. If the kid can have whole rice, you can give it as well
- Pomegranate juice
- Steamed Kerala banana or Kerala banana mash without ghee
- ORS solution every 2 hours
- Tender Coconut water /nariyal paani / ilaneer
- Soups (Read 7 healthy and nutritious soups for babies and kids)
- Always sanitize the area where the kid/baby plays by cleaning with a good floor disinfectant cleaner.
- Always wash yours and your baby/kid’s hands with hand wash /antibacterial wipes. I use Mee Mee baby wet wipes.
Food to avoid during loose motions
There are various types of foods that can worsen your child’s loose motions. It is advisable to avoid feeding some foods to your baby until his loose motions get cured. These include:
- Dairy products:
Several dairy products such as cheese, milk, paneer, and butter consist of sugar in the form of lactose, which should be avoided if your baby has loose motions. Dairy products can result in worsening the symptoms of loose motions in your baby and extend the recovery period. Although, yogurt being a dairy product is completely safe and effective to eat during loose motions. It not only improves your gut but its enzymes help in replenishing the good bacteria.
- Fatty and oily food:
Fatty and oily foods can prove harmful to your stomach during loose motions. Greasy and fried food that contains loads of cream and fats must be avoided during loose motions, as they are responsible for increasing the intestinal contractions and producing reactions in the digestive system. Your baby’s already sensitive stomach will not be able to handle the reaction and may worsen the situation.
- Sweetened food:
Food containing excessive sugar must be avoided during loose motions. Fructose present in fruits and sugar-containing baked items and processed foods such as cake, pastries, a cup of coffee, tea, chocolate, and much more is linked with worsening health problems including excess gas, watery stool, cramping, and abdominal pain. Moreover, the sugar can end up drawing water in the large intestine, which means more loose motions.
- Fruit juice:
Although several drinks such as coconut water, carrot juice and buttermilk are recommended to restore the lost energy in your baby during the loose motions and to keep him hydrated, there are various fruit juices that must be avoided during this period. This is because the fruit juices contain a high concentration of sugar that may harm your baby’s sensitive bowel system.
- Some vegetables:
There are various vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, beans, cauliflower, and onions that are responsible for causing gas in your baby during the process of digestion. These vegetables must be avoided during loose motions as they can result in aggravating your child’s symptoms.
- Spicy food:
Feeding your baby with spicy pepper and masala rich food can lead to irritating his stomach linings. The problem begins when your child’s body senses this problem and sends more water to soothe. Plenty of water moving in the intestine can result in loose stools in your baby.
- Fiber-rich food:
Although, fiber-rich food is healthy to eat but not good enough during loose motions. Feeding fiber-rich foods to your baby will create a laxative effect in your body that will worsen the problem. Food containing fiber gets bound with the water in the stomach and stimulates the bowel movements, which can increase your baby’s loose motions.
- Dry fruits:
Several dry fruits such as almonds, cashew, dates, and raisins contain high calories and sugar which may not suit your child during loose motions.
If the loose motion is followed by vomiting or contains bloodstains in poop/stool, it indicates an infection thereby the kid should be taken to the doctor ASAP.
Do share with us the foods and other measures taken by you when your LO had loose motion.
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