Diarrhoea and vomiting

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Diarrhoea and Vomiting

Diarrhoea and vomiting in the new born baby can be associated with diet or infection. In the case of a breast fed baby there is less likelihood of either occurring. Breast milk gives a certain protection against gastroenteritis and is in the most natural and acceptable of all milk products available.

A baby who takes milk too quickly, either from the bottle or breast will often regurgitate a portion of it and this should not be a worry. In the case of bottle feeding the teat should produce a steady drip and not a stream when the bottle is held upside down before feeding. In the case of breast feeding, a slower flow will be achieved if the mother lies down whilst feeding the infant.

When different solids are introduced to the baby’s diet a minor degree of vomiting can occur. An observant mother would realise the significance of any dietary factor and advice on diet can be obtained from the baby clinic or your doctor if the condition persists.

Vomiting and diarrhoea become serious when your child becomes dehydrated. The young baby cannot tolerate salt and water loss and is in extreme danger if this becomes excessive. This can happen rapidly particularly if the baby is small. The cause is generally due to infection.

The condition may start off with minor reluctance to feed followed by vomiting and then passing of loose offensive stools. Signs of dehydration develop which include loss of weight, sunken eyes, dryness of the mouth and failure to pass urine. Electrolyte preparations are available from your pharmacist for infantile diarrhoea. These are made up with cooled boiled water and not only help replace the lost fluid but also reduce the diarrhoea. Extreme cases of diarrhoea and vomiting with the onset of dehydration may need specialised care, generally in hospital. If you are concerned, then your doctor should be consulted.

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