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Learn the causes of your child's diarrhea

Diarrhea is defined as a sudden increase in the number of times of defecation, and a change in the consistency of stools to become loose and inconsistent, and according to the World Health Organization, diarrhea can be defined as passing watery stools at a rate of three times, or more, during one day, taking into account that the stool is loose Or stool that resembles dough or hard stool that is excreted repeatedly during the day from infants is not considered diarrhea, and it should be noted that diarrhea in infants can last from two days to weeks depending on the severity of the condition, and in fact there are many factors that can affect the number of Defecation and its normal consistency, the most important of which are the age of the infant and the method of feeding it follows; Natural or artificial, and it should be noted that the excretion of the baby of green stool is not a cause for concern as long as the infant is feeding and growing normally, as the green color is due to the exit of bile in the stool, and if the stool is white, mucous, and of a liquid consistency It is similar to mud, or if it contains blood, or it is black in color, and these cases require a visit to the doctor.


Causes of diarrhea in children:

Causes related to breastfeeding:
 It has been noticed that infants who get their food through breastfeeding tend to defecate after each breastfeeding process, and this condition lasts until the age of two months in most cases. , Or liquid, and its color is light yellow, and it often contains small pieces that resemble seeds, and this is normal, and it is not a cause for concern, and with regard to the causes of their diarrhea, and there are many common reasons that can lead to infants who depend on breastfeeding with diarrhea, Of which :


Diet:
It is worth evaluating the woman's diet to find out what foods can cause diarrhea in the infant, as some foods that a breastfeeding mother consumes can cause allergies in the breastfed infant, and this is reflected in the infant’s suffering from diarrhea, including chocolate, spicy foods, and milk Cows, and foods and drinks that contain caffeine and cause a lot of gas.


 Laxatives:
 which may be used by some breastfeeding women during the breastfeeding period, and it is worth noting that stool softeners or some types of light fiber supplements, or block-forming laxatives are considered safe to use during breastfeeding, but the use of stimulant laxatives may lead to their passage into breast milk. So that it reaches the infant during breastfeeding, which leads to diarrhea, and therefore the nursing mother should consult a doctor before taking any type of laxative.


 Weaning:
As the introduction of new foods into the diet of infants during the weaning stage can lead to stomach problems, as a result of the infant's allergy or food allergy, and cow's milk is one of the most common foods that can cause allergies and irritation to the infant, which leads to diarrhea, In this context, the mother should know that most infant formula formulas are made from cow's milk, and it is worth noting that infants who are weaned from breast milk in some parts of the world that lack the necessary health and nutrition services are more vulnerable to disease and infection as a result of not receiving nutrition. Via breast milk, and this may make them vulnerable to diarrhea as one of the accompanying symptoms.



Reasons related to bottle feeding:
Infants who depend on formula for their food may range from one to 8 times a day during the first week of their lives, and their number often decreases to range between 1 to 4 per day and continues until they reach the age of two months, and the stool color is in the infants who depend The formula in their food is between yellow to dark brown, with a consistency similar to peanut butter, and is more firm when compared to the stool of infants who rely on breastfeeding, and in fact there are many reasons that can lead to infants who rely on formula feeding diarrhea The most prominent of them can be explained as follows:


 Sensitivity:
Newborn infants may have diarrhea as an allergic reaction to the consumption of some types of formula, especially cow's milk products, and the protein in cow's milk may cause an allergic reaction in infants, and some infants may be allergic to formula derived from soy.


pollution:
Many babies can experience bouts of diarrhea due to various wrong behaviors that may lead to contamination of formula. Especially if it is not stored properly, and milk powder or water added to the milk may be contaminated. This leads to diarrhea in the infant.


Other causes of diarrhea in children:
Food poisoning:
 It occurs by drinking water or formula milk, or eating food contaminated with germs. Such as bacteria and fungi, and it is worth noting that the immune system may deal with small amounts of germs, but if they are present in larger quantities or from certain external sources, the infant's body shows specific reactions and symptoms in order to get rid of these germs. Among these symptoms are diarrhea and vomiting.



Infection in the digestive system:
As many digestive problems can occur from time to time in the breastfeeding stage, and these problems may be related to a gastrointestinal infection, or what is also known as stomach flu, gastroenteritis, or infectious diarrhea. It is worth mentioning that infections that affect the system The digestive system may be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, or fungi, and this may cause you to suffer from several symptoms. These include diarrhea that lasts for up to ten days, vomiting that lasts for two to three days, fever, dehydration, and abdominal pain.


Poor absorption of carbohydrates:
And it is considered one of the common conditions that may affect any infant, regardless of his age, if the products are provided to him in large quantities, or if they are provided to those under the fourth month of age, as infants at that stage lack sufficient quantities of the enzymes necessary to break down Molecules of carbohydrates present in food sugars and fruit juice, as a result of the incomplete growth of their digestive system, which leads to their development of several symptoms; Among them is diarrhea.


Teething:
 Teething by itself does not cause diarrhea in infants, but during the teething period, the infant may be tempted to put everything it meets in its mouth. Such as: his hands and toys, and these things may be contaminated with bacteria, which leads to infection of the infant; Which may occur diarrhea as one of its symptoms.
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