The most important thing a parent should do is keep their child well hydrated. Giving your daughter an oral electrolyte drink (like Pedialyte) is safe. Pedialyte is a specially made salt solution that fights dehydration. Just plain water should not be given.
Be sure to watch your daughter closely for signs of dehydration, like:
- Not making much urine (pee)
- Pee is a dark color
- Mouth looks dry
- Not making any tears when she cries
- Acting very weak and tired
Then try to get your baby back to her normal diet as soon as possible. You can usually keep breastfeeding, formula feeding or giving solid foods. This helps her get in enough calories. A normal diet also provides all the right nutrients to help fight the virus that caused the diarrhea in the first place.
The virus and loose stools can cause diaper rash. Here are some simple tips to help relieve the diaper rash:
- Make sure your baby is clean and dry.
- Change your baby's diaper very often.
- Keep your baby out of a diaper as often as you can.
- Use absorbent diapers and keep them loose.
- Wash your baby gently with mild soap and water.
- Let the diaper area air dry, if you can.
- Avoid alcohol baby wipes, corn starch or talcum powder.