Loose motion baby food

8 Foods To Give Your Child During Loose Motions

Just about every child has experienced a bout of loose motions while growing up as he/she begins experimenting with outside food after the age of 4. As the immunity buckles up the new infectious agents, parents fret over what to give or avoid the child during this period of abdominal distress. Most of the pediatricians recommend the BRAT diet.The BRAT diet is a bland-food diet and stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast.The BRAT diet helps to recover from lose stools since it includes binding foods which make the stools firmer.

Here is the list of foods that are recommended for your young one:

1 . Bananas: These sweet fruits provide plenty of potassium and iron as well as fibre. 1-2 bananas can be easily consumed during loose motions.

2 . Rice: Cooked rice is extremely easy to digest and provides ample energy due to its starch content. It is easy to eat and can be easily combined with dal, curd or buttermilk, vegetables to make for a quick but complete meal.

3 . Apple: It is high on soluble fiber content which binds the stools and eases off the loose motions. Also, it is high on vitamins and minerals like iron.

4 . Toast: Toast is also a binding food and helps to make the stools firmer. You can give your young one a slice with a bowl of curd.

5 . Curd: Curd or buttermilk helps to ease the discomfort and settles the digestive tract as it is loaded with good bacteria. It acts as a probiotic by replenishing  these gut bacteria that get washed off during the loose motions.

6 . Coconut water: Coconut water is rich in potassium, sodium and sugar. All of these replenish the minerals that are lost during diarrhea and provide much needed energy.

7 . Potatoes: Boiled potatoes are fantastic during loose motions as they are easy to digest and provide adequate energy owing to their high carbohydrate content.

8 . Fluids: Ensure your child has at least 2-3 liters of water in the form of coconut water,  lemonade, ORS, rice kanji and plain water..

There are certain foods that you should avoid during this period. These include:

1 . Fruit juices and soft drinks: They can be high in simple sugars that can draw water into the intestines and from rest of the body. This can cause dehydration. Instead, drinking plain (boiled and cooled) water is a good choice.

2 . Milk and milk products: Milk is to be avoided as the gut enzyme needed to digest milk is washed out in diarrhea. Milk should be avoided for at least 3-4 days even after the loose motions have stopped, till the enzyme is produced adequately again.

3 . Fat rich products: Nuts, cheese, butter, fried foods, and pickles are difficult to digest due to their high fat content and add stress on the overworked intestines.

One important thing to remember: feed your child small portions of foods/liquids every hour or so. Follow these simple do’s and don’ts to hasten recovery and provide comfort. If the loose motions persist or worsen beyond 48 hours, immediately consult your pediatrician.

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Baby Diarrhea Foods | Foods to Feed Baby with Diarrhea

Diarrhea in infants can be a very worrisome occurrence as most parents fear dehydration and the worsening of painful diaper rash. When baby has diarrhea, many parents wonder what foods may help “bind” baby up and stop the diarrhea.

What are the possible cause of diarrhea in babies?

Children can have acute and chronic forms of diarrhea. Infection with the rotavirus is the most common cause of acute childhood diarrhea. Rotavirus diarrhea usually resolves itself within 3 to 10 days. Children who are 6 to 32 weeks old can be vaccinated against the rotavirus with a vaccine called Rotateq. Here are a few of the common causes of diarrhea:

  • food sensitivities
  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • parasites
  • medications
  • functional bowel disorders

 If your child has diarrhea, do not hesitate to call the doctor for advice. Diarrhea is especially dangerous in newborns and infants, leading to dehydration in just a day or two. A child can die from dehydration within a few days. The main treatment for diarrhea in children is rehydration to replace lost fluid quickly. NDDCHI

What foods should you feed a baby when he has diarrhea? What foods should you avoid when baby has diarrhea?

Please offer your baby small meals when he has diarrhea. Offering smaller meals will allow baby’s digestive system to work slowly. The tiny intestines and still fragile digestive system will take a bit of time to get back on track and healed. Don’t worry if it takes 3 to 4 days for your baby’s stools to get back to “normal”; healing takes time.

B.R.A.T – When baby has diarrhea, remember B.R.A.T.

Bananas – Rice – Applesauce – Toast

The foods that make up the B.R.A.T diet are those foods that will help cause the bulking and hardening of the stool. These foods include grains, and certain fruits. Below are more foods that will help firm-up and bind baby’s stools when diarrhea occurs.

  • Bananas
  • Rice and/or Homemade Rice Cereal
  • Breads – specifically toasted breads
  • Pastas
  • White potato
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce

Foods to Avoid with Infant Diarrhea

Avoid any foods that are used to help alleviate constipation and certain fruits as well. Below is a list of foods to avoid when baby has diarrhea:

  • dairy products (yogurt is the exception due to its helpful bacteria – consult your baby’s pediatrician about feeding yogurt with diarrhea)
  • Fruits that begin with the letter “P” such as peaches, pears, prunes, and plums
  • apricots and other “Stone” fruits are typically known to help loosen stools so avoid those fruits as well
  • High Fiber foods

Applesauce vs. Diluted Apple Juice

As we mention on our page about Infant Constipation, please keep in mind that Applesauce is actually a binding food. Applesauce is the whole of the fruit. It contains a higher level of pectin – which firms up stools and may thus lead to constipation.

Apple juice contains more of the sugars found in the apple and it also contains more actual liquid; hence apple juice is a good remedy to help relieve constipation.

 Learn More about Diarrhea at the National Institutes of Health

 Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.

Bring on the BRAT!

Bananas, rice cereals, applesauce and bread are some great foods to offer your baby when he has a bout of diarrhea!

 It is important to always consult your baby’s pediatrician when baby has had diarrhea for 2 days(or longer) and his or her skin does not “spring-back” when gently pushed. The inability of the skin to “spring-back” suggests baby may be suffering from dehydration.


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Cooking time: 25 min PT25M

Considering the busy schedule of young mothers, there is no way to spend a lot of time preparing dessert. Easy-to-make cookies from infant formula will not take much work. Break the egg into a bowl, add powdered sugar and dry baby formula, mix until smooth. You can use a mixer for this, but a whisk or fork will also do the job.

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