see also Diarrhoea
Potentially serious in very young babies as it quickly leads to dehydration. Diarrhoea is one of symptoms of Gastroenteritis (fever of 38°C [100°F] or more, with or without Vomiting, lack of enthusiasm for feeds, torpor); if gastroenteritis is suspected, or if stools are mixed with blood, or if diarrhoea persists for longer than 12 hours, call your medical doctor. In meantime, give frequent sips of water to prevent dehydration and select a remedy below.
Occasionally diarrhoea in infants is caused by too much sugar (too little water added to fruit juices or too much sugar added to fruit purees, for example); some drugs are also given in a very sugary base. Gripe water can also cause diarrhoea. Liquid stools in a baby who has just been weaned usually indicate that he or she is still unable to cope with solids; wait 2-3 weeks, then reintroduce them. Occasionally diarrhoea is due to too early reintroduction of milk after am attack of Gastroenteritis.
Specific remedies to be given every hour for up to 10 doses
- Diarrhoea comes on after exposure to cold wind Aconite 30c
- Diarrhoea brought on by food which has gone off slightly, or diarrhoea which gets worse when baby is given cold food or drinks, with baby exhausted, breathless, and emaciated Arsenicum 30c
- Diarrhoea associated with teething, greenish stools, baby irritable and difficult to please Chamomilla 30c
- Diarrhoea associated with colic Colocynth 30c
- Diarrhoea caused by over-feeding Nux 30c
- Baby passes watery stools after eating or drinking, and even during washing Podophyllum 30c
- Diarrhoea caused by sour fruit or by drinking cold drinks when overheated, slightest movement makes diarrhoea worse Bryonia 30c