Home Remedies for Loose Motions, Diarrhea/loose motion in Babies and toddlers definitely make parents worried as it can make the child feel tired and irritable. Babies and Toddlers don't prefer to eat during diarrhea, but it's important to feed them to prevent dehydration. Many parents are confused about what to feed the baby during diarrhea/loose motion. Don't worry, this post helps you to feed your child well when the child has diarrhea and helps to recover quickly.
What's diarrhea and how can I tell my baby has diarrhea?
- Increase in frequency: two times your baby's normal pattern.
- The stools become looser, watery, mucusy, green or runner than usual.
For more information on the further symptoms check here
When to see the doctor if your baby has diarrhea?
- Baby is younger than 3 months
- If your baby is over 3 months, call the doctor if the diarrhea is not improving after 24 hours
- Cannot keep any food down
- Vomiting or has a fever
- Blood in stool
- Signs of dehydration
Causes of loose motions or diarrhea in babies & Toddler:
- Intestinal infections
- Food allergy
- Food intolerance
- Too much juice intake
How to feed your baby or toddler when he has diarrhea?
- For baby's younger than 6 months, only breastfeeding or formula feeding is recommended during the episode of diarrhea.
- For babies above 6 months, Give small and frequent meals. Prefer easily digestible foods.
- Don't force the baby to eat, instead try to offer the foods he prefers.
- Offer your baby fruits rich in potassium.
- After every bout of loose motion, feed breastmilk/formula or offer a few teaspoons of drinks like water, buttermilk, etc
- Give your toddler ORS (Oral Re-hydration Solution) if your pediatrician prescribed the same.
Foods to feed during diarrhea for babies, toddlers, and Kids:
Earlier it was suggested to feed your baby/toddler only with the classic BRAT diet (Banana, Rice, Apple Sauce, Toast) during diarrhea, but now the pediatricians and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) are advised to continue including solids preferably light and easily digestible foods.
Bookmark this page for future reference as I will be updating this post on a regular basis. Click on each thumbnail image given below for the recipes. Choose recipes according to your baby's age which is mentioned in the brackets along with recipe heading. Please refer to the notes section given at the end of the post for the key points to remember before offering diarrhea foods to your baby.
Here is the video for the list of foods to offer during loose motion/diarrhea in babies and toddlers
Read further below on the detailed information and foods can be given during diarrhea
Drinks or Beverages:
1. Breastfeeding (0 Months+) :
2. Plain Curd or Buttermilk or Plain Lassi (7 months +) :
3. Barley Water (6 Months+):
Barley water has a good amount of scratch which helps to absorb excess fluid in stool and helps to stop diarrhea. Be sure to feed your baby with barley water in moderation if your family has no history of allergy to gluten. Check out barley water recipe here:
4. Rice Gruel (6 Months+):
5. Water (6 Months+):
6. Lemon Water/Nimbu Paani (8 Months+):
7. Tender Coconut Water (8 Months+):
8. Vegetable Clear Soup (8 Months+):
9. Chicken Clear Soup (9 Months+):
10. Moong Dal Soup (6 Months+):
Fruits and Vegetables:
11. Stewed Apple (6 Months+):
12. Bananas (6 Months+):
13. Carrots (6 Months+):
15. Moong dal Khichdi (7 Months+):
Curd rice is another comforting meal option during the episode of diarrhea, it's most of the toddler's favorite too. Good bacteria in curd helps to fight diarrhea. Make sure the curd is not sour. Check out curd rice recipe here (make it without milk, butter, and tempering):
18. Idli or Steamed Dosa (8 Months+):
19. Idiyappam (8 Months+):
20. Rice Porridge (6 Months+):
22. Arrowroot powder porridge (8 Months+):
Arrowroot is an old fashioned remedy for diarrhea and believed to reduce diarrhea. Make the porridge with arrowroot powder as similar to rice porridge. I will post the recipe soon.
Foods to avoid during diarrhea:
- Dairy Products except for curd and buttermilk
- Sweetened drinks or carbonated drinks like soda
- All fruit juices
- Some Fruits ( peaches, pears, prunes, plums)
- Dry fruits and nuts
- High fiber foods
- Raw salads and sprouts
- Spicy food
- The information provided here are guidelines and doesn't replace medical advice.
- Check with your doctor immediately if your baby has diarrhea and dehydration, as dehydration leads to dangerous effects. A doctor may help you to determine the cause of the problem and treat it.
- Make sure you have introduced each food separately and checked for allergies.
- Always check with your pediatrician before giving any food.