Breastfed infants may normally have frequent, loose stools which can sometimes be confused with diarrhea.

True diarrhea in children is watery and occurs 10-12 times a day.

Treatment of diarrhea consists primarily of giving the baby adequate fluids while continuing the child’s regular diet. If your baby needs extra fluids, give Pedialyte, not water.

Call your pediatrician if:

  • diarrhea persists longer than four days
  • the stools become bloody or black
  • your child shows signs of dehydration (no urine output in 6-8 hours, dry sticky tongue, hollow eyes, and no tears when crying).

Read More: HealthyChildren.org

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