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Newborn and Infant Care

Too frequent diarrhea

03/04/2008

Question:

My infant son has a stomach virus for 4-5 days. Last two days every diaper is diarrhea (mostly liquid now rather than actual poo. How many of these movements per day is normal before they become serious to his well being?

Answer:

Infants and all children are susceptible to developing dehydration very quickly.  If your son is having diarrhea for more than a a few days, and is not breastfeeding well, you need to take him to your health care provider.

There is not magic number to say, this is too many, a lot depends on your baby's age, and the presence of other symptoms.  When in doubt you take him to his health care provider.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati