Diarrhoea is characterised by stools which are more frequent than usual, very runny, and abnormal in colour.
The cause may be an infection (bacterial or viral).
What should I do? Speak to your doctor, who will prescribe the most suitable treatment and an oral rehydration solution sold in pharmacies. Also ensure that baby is kept well hydrated, as they will adapt their dietary intake to their state of dehydration.
Precautions to take: follow rigorous hygiene practices, and wash your hands before feeding baby or preparing their meals.
Diarrhoea is much less common if you breastfeed your baby: ensure that you carefully wash your hands, and avoid eating citrus fruits during the diarrhoea episode.
If you have begun to diversify their diet, check that they are drinking enough (at least 150ml per kg of body weight per day) and opt for food with high starch and pectin contents (rice, bananas, apples).
If the episode lasts more than 2 or 3 days and baby has a fever or is losing weight, consult your doctor immediately. They will probably advise you to use lactose-free milk in cases of intolerance or digestive problems related to normal milk.
A tip from mum
During an episode of diarrhoea, stools will be more frequent, and also more acidic. Change baby more often and protect their bottom with a cream to prevent skin irritation.