Diarrhea is present when the stools contain mostly water (they leave a water ring on the diaper or soak through). If your baby has diarrhea for more than one day, call us. Often, stopping all milk and solid foods and substituting frequent, small amounts (1-2 oz.) of PEDIALYTE® (oral electrolyte solution), gelatin water (avoid red), GATORADE,® or ginger ale will alleviate diarrhea, but should not be used for the infant under six months without talking to us first.

Severe diarrhea with persistent vomiting, fever, or blood in the stool should be re- ported. In the child over six months, mild diarrhea fewer than five or six times a day that is not accompanied by fever or vomiting can usually handled at home.

Do the following:

  1. Stop all milk and solid foods for twenty-four hours.
  2. Offer clear liquids – PEDIALYTE® (oral electrolyte solution), ginger ale, gelatin 
water (avoid red), GATORADE,® or both – frequently for twenty-four hours to 
ensure that your baby doesn’t become dehydrated.
  3. After twenty-four hours, if the stools are less frequent and the child is less than 
eighteen months old, begin infant formula. Add rice cereal or banana if your child is old enough to have solids.
  4. After seventy-two hours, continue formula and, if your child is old enough to eat solids, begin a gradual return to yellow vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, squash) and meat. Avoid dairy products and other fruits for at least one week.
  5. After one week, if stools return to normal, return to your baby’s regular formula and diet.