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5 months old baby doing Poo with foam

Charchil 2 Rep.

My baby is 5 month old. He was having diarrhea from past 1 month. It started On 7th august. doctor prescribe antibiotic for 5 days. After 2 days he cured completely and we gave him antibiotic for 4 days.

After few days on 16th august again diarrhea start but now i wait till 21st august but he did not cure then doc. Again prescribe antibiotic. This time he cured after 3 days and i have him antibiotic till 7 days.

Now, again on 29th august he started suffering from diarrhea and this time there was a jelly blood in his poo. I met to another doc. He said this is milk allergy. Please eliminate all diary product from his mother diets. We did the same. Now it’s 11 days after elimination diary product and he was improving but today my baby poo is watery and there was lot of foam immidiate after his poo.

What can be the reason please let me know?

Philippa Pearson-Glaze answered ago
    Philippa Pearson-Glaze 292 Rep.

    Your medically qualified health professionals who have examined your baby are in the best position to identify reasons for your baby’s watery poop. Do get back in touch with your doctor if you have any concerns about your baby’s bowel movements and health.

    In very general terms, once a baby has had an infection or diarrhoea or a reaction to cows’ milk etc this could temporarily damage the lining of their intestines and cause changes to your baby’s poop for some weeks before their poop returns to normal. It can also be difficult to remove all dairy as some food may have “hidden dairy” which means some dairy in mother’s diet that you were unaware of may have affected your baby.

    Excerpt from Lactose Intolerance in Babies

    If there is any damage to the intestinal lining it can affect the production of the enzyme lactase which is produced in the delicate brush borders of the intestines. Types of damage include inflammation (e.g. irritation from cows’ milk allergy or gluten) or bacterial or viral infection (e.g. gastroenteritis). Other possible causes of damage include partially digested formula, parasites, and some mothers notice a connection with live vaccines such as rotavirus (Minchin, 2015). If there is not enough enzyme, large amounts of lactose can pass undigested to the lower bowel. Here it will be fermented by bacteria giving the familiar symptoms of gas, discomfort and lots of green watery stools.

    For further reading see
    Breastfed Baby Poop
    Milk Allergy in Babies
    Elimination Diet

    As mentioned above, please do check with your doctors if you have any concerns about your baby’s bowel movements as they will be able to examine your baby, check weight gain, and ensure they have no concerns for his health.

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