When Should We Take Little One to Doctor When Diarrhea?

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Diarrhea is one of the most common health problems suffered by the Little One. Based on Basic Health Research 2013, the number of incidents of diarrhea in Indonesia that occurred in infants was 6.7 percent. If not treated properly, diarrhea can be dangerous. Therefore, Mommy should look at the symptoms the Little One is having during a diarrhea.

Diarrhea is a condition characterized by a fluid-consistency feces released by frequent bowel movements more often than usual (more than three times a day). Not infrequently, a diarrhea occurs with other symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dehydration.

The most common cause of diarrhea in the Little One is virus infection. In addition, other causes of diarrhea include bacterial infections, parasites infections, malnutrition, antibiotics, food poisoning, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and Crohn's disease.

Most people with diarrhea recover without treatment. In the Little One, diarrhea usually lasts about 5-7 days. If severe, diarrhea can lead to dehydration. This condition has fatal consequences, especially if it occurs in the Little One because his/her immune system is still not as strong as adults.

Beware of the symptoms below, if Mommy sees that these symptoms appear on the Little One, immediately take him/her to the doctor:

  • Age under 6 months
  • Diarrhea for more than 3 days
  • Looks weak
  • Vomits more than twice a day and no fluid can enter
  • Fever of more than 40° C or fever over 38° C onthe Little One under 6 months
  • Mild-to-moderate dehydration (continued thirst, no urination within 6 hours of on infants, no urination within 12 hours on the bigger Little One, sunken, inactive, dry mouth)
  • Severe dehydration (fussy, sunken eyes, no tears while crying, unwilling to drink, weakness / unconsciousness, little or no urination, dark-colored urine)

The occurrence of diarrhea can be prevented. Applying healthy habits such as washing hands after every activity is one way to prevent diarrhea. The risk of diarrhea can also be suppressed by providing the Little One nutrients containing probiotics Bifidobacterium longum BB536 and Bifidobacterium breveM16-V and lactulose prebiotics. Nutrition containing probiotics and prebiotics will maintain the health of the Little One’s digestive tract.

Well, now Mommy already knows what to watch if the Little One is having diarrhea. Do not hesitate to consult a doctor if the diarrhea does not heal, or is getting worse.

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