In this article, we will tell you how to treat diarrhea for babies.
At the beginning of our article, we will talk about intestinal infection first. That’s “gastroenteritis”. Intestinal infection is a very common disease, especially in the summer months. Although it can be seen in all seasons, its tightness increases in summer. It is possible to treat this disease in a home environment where it can be treated in a hospital setting.
When Should You Go to the Hospital?
If you have vomiting or nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain, your baby probably has an intestinal infection. In this case, the most important thing to decide is will you go to the doctor? Or will you be treated at home?
There are some criteria for you to be treated at home. If you meet the conditions below, you can be treated at home. In this case, you do not need to go to the doctor.
If your child is over 1 year old, his/her general condition does not look bad and his appetite is good, there is no need to be afraid. However, even a slight decrease in appetite is still nothing to worry about. Because it is normal to lose appetite, even in a small amount. In this case, you can also carry out the treatment of intestinal infection for your child at home. First of all, the first thing you should do is monitor your child’s temperature regularly. The next step is to monitor your child’s nutrition. In particular, you should make sure that you are getting enough fluids. The intestinal flora of your child with diarrhea is impaired. In fact, disruption of intestinal flora is the main cause of intestinal infection.
How To Fix Intestinal Flora?
There are some foods and beverages that are drug-like but not drugs to restore the intestinal flora. Especially yoghurt and ayran. Yogurt and ayran are very important foods in terms of replacing the intestinal flora of the body. In fact, if you have the opportunity, we recommend that you make yogurt yourself at home and use probiotic-containing yeast as yogurt yeast.
What if your child is under 1 year old?
If your child is under the age of 1, does not drink enough fluids, is in poor general condition, has bile vomit, or has bloody diarrhea and you are not sure that he has an intestinal infection, then you should definitely go to the doctor. In this case, there are 2 ways that doctors can follow. The first is to give you your medicine and send it home. The other is hospitalization.
Your doctor will do some tests first. If he does not detect a serious problem and thinks that you can be treated at home with medicine, he will prescribe you medicine and send you home to be treated at home. In the second stage, he is hospitalized and treated in the hospital.
Here is another situation. Partial treatment. In other words, 1 hour or four to five hours of fluid therapy. In this case, serum is attached to the patient and some tests are performed. If a major problem is not detected as a result of these tests, and your blood tests are normal and your child has started to feed again, you can switch to the home treatment phase again.
If your child is still not fed or has bad analyzes or other physical examination findings that require hospitalization, then your child will be hospitalized.
Which Treatments Are Used While In The Hospital?
In fact, there is not much difference between home treatment and hospital treatment. The biggest difference between the treatment applied at the hospital and the treatment applied at home is that your child is given fluid supplementation by serum in the hospital.
Proven Treatment Approaches
Your child with diarrhea;
First Treatment Approach: Giving yogurt and buttermilk to regulate intestinal flora. In other words, using substances called probiotics that strengthen the intestinal flora. It is also to ensure that he consumes plenty of water.
Second Treatment Approach: Giving a preparation called zinc. This active ingredient is a vitamin that provides rapid repair of the mucous tissue in the intestines. However, this vitamin is used only in the period of intestinal infections. It is given for at least 20 days. Less than 15 milligrams is not very therapeutic. Although it is said that some drug doses have therapeutic properties even at low doses, we do not recommend taking them below 15 milligrams.
Third Treatment Approach: Proper nutrition. Somehow your child’s diet needs to return to normal. At the very least, you should try to ensure that he is fed in some way, even if his appetite decreases. However, in this case, you should not push your child too much. In case of not getting enough nutritional supplements, fluid supplementation will be done via serum, that is, intravenously.
Final Suggestions: You should check the fever of your child who has intestinal infections very regularly. If children under the age of 6 have a fever above 38 degrees, it can cause convulsions. If the armpit fever is above 38 degrees and is resistant, you should not neglect to consult your doctor.
You should wash the fruits and vegetables you feed your child very well. You can even soak fresh vegetables in vinegar water for a while. Poorly washed fruits and vegetables can cause intestinal infections not only to your children but also to adults.
For more detailed information on the subject, click here to read the studies published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
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