In the first months of life, the baby’s digestive system is just being formed, so irregular and heterogeneous stools of different consistencies may be a variant of the norm. As a rule, young parents pay close attention to this, meticulously examining the contents of the diaper and even discussing it in the "mom" forums. Perhaps this kind of behavior from the outside may seem a little crazy, but those who are “in the know” know very well that it is from the chair that you can determine if everything is in order with the child.
What is the danger of baby diarrhea
When is it worth worrying? If the baby walks "in a big way" too often (more than 7-10 times a day), or the stool is very loose, with foam and mucus - this is no longer the norm, but an occasion to take urgent measures. In the event that diarrhea in the baby is accompanied by a high fever, restless state, long crying, you should immediately consult a doctor.
However, the percentage of cases when diarrhea is a symptom of a severe pathology is not so great. Most often, diarrhea in an infant is associated with increased activity of pathogenic bacteria. They easily penetrate the baby's body from any contact with people, animals, food and reproduce incredibly quickly. Infection can reach the baby even with mother’s milk. Diarrhea caused by bacterial infection develops very quickly and in some cases is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, weakness of the baby.
If bowel movements and vomiting occur several times in a row within 3-4 hours, the situation may become critical. The main danger is severe dehydration of the child's body. If an adult can tolerate such a condition relatively easily, then for a baby up to a year, fluid loss can have extremely serious consequences. That is why with diarrhea, an infant needs first aid as soon as possible.
First aid for diarrhea in infants
The first impulse that probably occurs in inexperienced parents is to stop diarrhea as soon as possible. However, no matter how great the desire to quickly defeat an unpleasant symptom, it is impossible to use “diarrhea-fixing” antidiarrheals, since they, of course, will stop diarrhea, but all feces with viruses and toxins will remain in the intestines. Pathogenic bacteria continue to multiply and provoke the further course of the disease, exacerbating the condition of the baby.
That's why the key principle of treating childhood diarrhea that all parents should know to not stop diarrhea, but to eliminate the cause of its occurrence, namely to remove pathogens or poisonous substances from the gastrointestinal tract as soon as possible.
An ideal way to do this is use of enterosorbents. However, most of these drugs have a very unpleasant taste, and to “feed” them to the baby is almost impossible, since a child who is feeling bad or is nauseous is unlikely to agree to eat something tasteless.
In addition, many babies and it’s not at all possible to swallow a drug that has even the mildest (for example, jelly-like) consistency. And the most annoying - not all sorbents are suitable for children up to a year.
The optimal solution is the new generation enterosorbent "Polysorb", which has no taste or smell and is suitable for children from the first day of life. It can easily be mixed with water, a mixture, juice or breast milk, so that the baby swallows the medicine without even noticing the difference in taste.
The main merit of Polysorb is that it removes toxins and pathogens from the body. bacteria, that is, eliminates the very cause of the disease. With diarrhea, it is prescribed in complex therapy along with agents that restore the water-salt balance in order to neutralize the effect of toxins and viruses and quickly remove them from the body in a natural way.
Polysorb stops diarrhea due to its ability to retain water: 1 gram of the drug holds 5 grams of water in the intestines along with bacteria, viruses and toxins and then quickly removes them from the body with stool.
Therefore, Polysorb fights precisely with the cause of poor health and the spread of symptoms, and not just their external manifestation.
Another Benefit POLYSORB - it is virtually instantaneous efficiency. The powder form of the drug does not require time for "grinding" inside the stomach, therefore, after drinking it in the form of a suspension, the first relief comes within the next 20 minutes, and after a few hours the child can even feel healthy.
To find out the duration of the course of taking Polysorb , It is recommended to consult a doctor. It is possible for a full recovery you will need to take the drug for several days, but, as a rule, stool normalization and improvement occur even after a single dose.
What to do with diarrhea in infants before the doctor arrives
So, with the first aid we figured it out. For this, Polysorb is ideally suited, which is completely excreted from the body and, when used once, cannot harm at all. This is especially convenient when the cause of acute diarrhea cannot be eliminated quickly (for example, if a doctor’s examination is not possible in the near future), and in this case it is impossible to lose precious minutes.
However, if diarrhea is accompanied by fever and vomiting, you must immediately call a doctor, and before he arrives, take the following actions:
- At a temperature above 38.5, give an antipyretic product.
- Keep an eye on your baby’s stool and immediately change the diaper after each bowel movement.
- Leave one stool diaper for your doctor. So it will be easier for him to make a correct diagnosis.
- Ventilate the room and turn on, if any, an air humidifier.
- Do not feed your baby, only offer breast milk or milk formula.
- Do not give diarrhea medication until the doctor arrives.
- Finally, the most important thingTo avoid dehydration, as often as possible (at least every 15 minutes) give your baby water from a spoon or bottle. You can also use special solutions for oral rehydration (you need to stock up on them in advance and always have it at hand in your home medicine cabinet).
All other treatment is possible only after examining the child by a doctor and only strictly according to his prescription. But in most cases, taking a modern sorbent and water will be enough for the doctor to be met by a completely healthy and cheerful baby.