How Do You Treat Gastroenteritis In Babies?

  • DON’T GIVE YOUR BABY ANTI-NAUSEA MEDICATION.
    Contrary to popular belief, it is not at all recommended to give baby medication for nausea, diarrhea or anti-vomiting. They are totally useless in this case, and could even make your child’s condition worse.
  • DO NOT HESITATE TO GIVE YOUR CHILD A REHYDRATION SOLUTION.
    To prevent baby from becoming dehydrated, don’t hesitate to give him a rehydrating solution, which you will administer with a pipette or spoon. This will help your little one rehydrate and recover water and minerals that he has eliminated through vomiting or diarrhea.
  • OFFER YOUR LITTLE ONE AN APPROPRIATE DIET.
    When suffering from gastroenteritis, the watchword is to go on a diet! This is also true for babies. If your toddler is eating a diversified diet, it is strongly recommended to avoid foods that are too fatty, too sweet and too rich. It is advisable to favor rice, vegetables but also products rich in probiotics such as yogurt, kefir or olives. As far as fruits are concerned, avoid offering them raw to your little one, and prefer compotes.

If baby does not have a diversified diet:

And that he is breastfed: do not hesitate to propose him the breast very regularly, every three hours minimum. Breast milk being filled with the mother’s antibodies, it will help baby to fight this nasty virus while moisturizing him. If baby is vomiting, it is still advisable to administer the rehydration solution.

If your baby is bottle-fed, there is no need to change his diet. On the other hand, it is strongly advised to give him the bottle more often and in smaller quantities to avoid nausea and vomiting. Another tip: alternate between a bottle of milk and a rehydration solution.

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