When your toddler has diarrhea, it places stress on your entire family. However, if you take the following steps, your toddler’s diarrhea will likely clear up quickly, and you can get back to normal.
When to Call the Doctor
First and foremost, be sure you know when to call your healthcare provider, as toddlers can become dehydrated quickly. Signs of dehydration in children include crying without the production of tears, less frequent or no urination, dry skin and lips, weakness, and low energy.
If these symptoms are present or if you notice bloody, black, or tarry stool and a fever over 102 degrees, call your doctor right away.
What’s Causing my Toddler’s Diarrhea?
Toddler diarrhea is common and can be caused by food reactions, diets low in fiber and high in sugar (fruit juice is a major culprit), and a lot of physical activity (normal, but linked with looser stools).
How to Help Your Toddler with Diarrhea
Try probiotic-rich foods or a supplement for your toddler to promote balanced gut bacteria. Fermented foods like plain yogurt, kefir, and are great options.
Offer Children’s DiaResQ to your toddler to speed diarrhea relief. DiaResQ is a food for special dietary use that provides beneficial nutrients to quickly restore intestinal health and function. It is safe for children as young as one year.
Food to Offer
Your toddler might have a low appetite while experiencing and recovering from diarrhea. This is normal, so no need to rush them back to full meals before they’re ready. Offer nutritious options like homemade broth and smoothies to sneak important nutrients into their diet.
Consider foods that are:
- Low in fat
- Low in insoluble fiber (which can be irritating to the intestines and stomach)
- Bland (won’t cause queasiness)
- That both hydrate and replace lost electrolytes
Some of the best options to offer include:
- Pure water, first and foremost. There is no replacement for drinking as much water as possible to stay hydrated when your toddler has diarrhea.
- Coconut water is second best, as it is rich in electrolytes and studies have shown it can support and prevent dehydration. Be sure to choose a brand with no added sugars.
- Homemade broths, soups, and stews are perfect for your toddler with diarrhea, as they are easy to digest and provide protein, vitamins, and minerals.
- Unsweetened applesauce and bananas are also good options for your toddler.
Food to Avoid
Limit or avoid fruit juices, as fructose and sorbitol could worsen symptoms. In general limit white foods that don’t offer much nutritional value. This includes white bread, pasta, and sugar.
Diarrhea in toddlers can be scary for parents, but usually, it is nothing to worry about. Follow these guidelines to support your toddler’s health and get them back on track as fast as possible.