Infections, medication, and food poisoning are all common causes of diarrhea for toddlers. The fact is, they may be little, but they are just like everyone else, and diarrhea happens. When it does, it's important that you act fast. If you don't take action as soon as you notice that your toddler has diarrhea, he could become dehydrated. Fortunately, diarrhea is something that's easy to treat at home.
Check out these natural, toddler-safe diarrhea remedies.
1. Alter His Diet
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend that most children continue eating a normal diet—including milk or formula—when they have mild cases of diarrhea. However, this doesn't mean that your child should fill up on sugary snacks. When your toddler has a bout of diarrhea, avoid giving him sugary drinks, carbonated beverages, and gelatin desserts.
While it's not typically necessary for mild cases of diarrhea, you can put your child on the BRAT diet. The diet restricts your child to eating bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast until the diarrhea is gone. Because the foods are all considered to be constipating foods, it could help cure his diarrhea.
2. Feed the Friendly Bacteria
Beneficial bacteria live in your bowels. The bacteria helps fight off germs and harmful, disease-causing bacteria. Diarrhea occurs when the harmful bacteria in your intestines overwhelms the beneficial bacteria, so in order to get rid of your child's diarrhea you need to restore the proper bacteria balance. Fortunately, this is easy to do. Simply feed your child yogurt. However, don't just feed him any type of yogurt. You need to feed him yogurt with active cultures. Other types of food that can help restore balance throughout your little one's digestive tract include:
- Cottage cheese
- Fermented tofu
3. Serve Snacks
When your little one is fighting s stomach bug it's not a great idea to feed him a huge meal. In fact, most likely he won't want to eat a lot of food in one sitting. However, without proper nutrition and hydration, his body will have to work extra hard to fight off the harmful germs. So, try serving him several small snacks throughout the day. In addition to serving six or more small snacks, make sure he always has something available to drink. Try filling his sippy cup with ice water and letting him drink milk when he eats.
Diarrhea is never fun, but fortunately, it's easy to treat. As long as you watch what your little one eats and give him plenty of fluids, he should start feeling well again within a few days. If your little one has diarrhea that lasts longer than a few days or he you think he may be dehydrated, it's important to see a doctor immediately.