It depends upon how old he or she is:
- In the first week of life, most kids have four or more bowel movements each day. They are soft or liquid. It is normal for some babies to have 10 bowel movements in a day.
- In the first three months, some kids have two or more bowel movements each day. Others have just 1 each week.
- By age 2, most kids have at least one bowel movement each day. They are soft but solid.
- Every child is different. Some have bowel movements after each meal. Others have bowel movements every other day.
It depends on what’s normal for your child:
- For babies, diarrhoea means that bowel movements are more runny or watery than normal, or happening more often than normal. Your child might have twice as many bowel movements as he or she usually has. (In babies, normal stool can be yellow, green, or brown. They can also have things that look like seeds in them.)
- Older children with diarrhoea will have 3 or more runny bowel movements in a day.
The most common causes are:
- Viruses (“stomach bugs”)
- Side effects from antibiotics
Your baby can continue to consume a normal diet. OK foods include:
- Rice, potatoes, and bread
- Fruits and vegetables
- Milk (unless yourbaby has milk digestionproblems)
These foods might make diarrhoea worse:
- Foods that are high in fat
- Drinks with lots of sugar
- Make sure he or she drinks enough water and other liquids.
- Avoid diarrhoea medicines. They are not usually required for children, and they might be unsafe.
You should take your kid to the doctor if he or she:
- Has bloody diarrhoea
- Is younger than twelve months and won’t eat or drink anything for more than a few hours
- Has bad belly pain
- Is not acting like him or herself
- Is low in energy and does not respond to you
- Is dehydrated. Signs include:
- Dry mouth
- No urine or wet diapers for 4 to 6 hours in babies and young children, or 6 to 8 hours in older children
- No tears when crying