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When your baby or toddler has diarrhoea, he may not want to eat or drink anything. But, as a parent, you need to keep your kid hydrated. This article covers the foods you should and shouldn’t feed your child when he has loose motions.
Foods You Should Give When Your Infant/Toddlers Has Diarrhoea
The diet for a child with diarrhoea usually includes food items that are not only easy to digest but resolve the problem.
1. Breast Milk (0 Months+)
If your breastfeeding baby soils his diapers often, just stick to breast milk. Breast milk will keep him hydrated and also tackle his bowels.
2. Buttermilk ( 7 Months+)
Probiotics are very effective in battling diarrhoea. Give foods like curd, buttermilk or lassi.
3. Rice Gruel (6 Months+)
Rice water can help your baby maintain the fluid levels in his body. It also helps to decrease the frequency of stools.
Many mothers and people from the earlier generations swear by the power of ginger in reducing the symptoms of diarrhoea. Usually, this is meant for kids that slightly older and not young babies. Giving them ginger mixed with some rock salt and jaggery works on reducing diarrhoea and chances of indigestion.
Also known as jaiphal in various parts of the country, this is yet another age-old remedy used in various Ayurvedic preparations even till this date. It is usually prepared by rubbing a small portion on stone and mixing that powder with water to give to your child.
6. Lemon Water ( 8 Months+)
There seems to be no ailment that lemon can’t cure. Lemon replenishes the body with the lost fluids. Mix lemon juice with warm water and add some salt to make tasty and healthy lemon water.
7. Cumin Powder
This is a great remedy for children who are more than a year old and suffering from diarrhoea. Mix some cumin powder with fennel seeds and roast on a pan. Mix this powder with boiled water and let your kid have small sips of it.
8. Vegetable Soup (8 Months+)
Babies’ bodies can easily absorb the nutrients from a clear veggie soup. Avoid using spices like pepper and gassy veggies like cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts and spinach during loose motions.
9. Chicken Soup (9 Months+)
If you wish to try a non-veg soup, clear chicken soup is a great option. It digests easily and is nutritious for children with diarrhoea.
10. Tender Coconut Water (8 Months+)
Dehydration can take a toll on your little one. Coconut water has a lot of natural salts and minerals, along with natural glucose. And the best part is that coconut water works for breastfeeding babies, too!
11. Sabudana (7 Months+)
Khichdi or porridge made from sabudana is quite beneficial for kids during a bout of diarrhoea. Soak the sabudana, cook it, and strain the water. You can add salt or hing for flavour.
12. Baby Bananas (6 Months+)
Bananas help to harden your baby’s stools, thus relieving diarrhoea. Steam and cut the banana into small pieces before offering.
13. Boiled Potatoes (8 Months+)
Food items that have starch can provide nutrition to your baby. Mashed potatoes flavoured with cumin seeds reduce gas as well as work on diarrhoea.
If your kid has teeth and can chew well, you can give pomegranate seeds as they are to your kid. Else, it is best to extract pomegranate juice and dilute it with water. Giving it to your baby once a day can work towards reducing diarrhoea.
15. Idli (8 Months+)
Yes! Not only are idlis healthy, but it has been observed that idlis dipped in cold water are known to help reduce the chances of diarrhoea. Crush them properly into small pieces before giving to the child. Don’t use chutney along with it.
16. Moong Dal Soup (6 Months+)
Cook a handful of moong dal with turmeric powder in water. Then, drain the water and give it to your baby. It can help with stomach pain and diarrhoea.
17. Bread Toast ( 1 Year+)
This is yet another preferred food item during diarrhoea.
Foods You Should Avoid
The foods you shouldn’t give your baby/toddler when he has diarrhoea are:
- Dairy products except curd and buttermilk
- Fruit juices
- Fizzy drinks
- Fruits that start with P (peaches, pears, prunes, plums)
- High fibre foods
- Dry fruits and nuts
- Raw veggies
Diarrhoea can make you quite anxious about your baby. Giving the right foods is the first step to recovery. If your baby’s health doesn’t improve, contact your paediatrician.