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Small child, diarrhea, grey stools. Changed from soy formula to good start gentle. Treatment?

Hi, I changed my son from Soy formula to Good Start Gentle on the 26th of December. He is also in the process of trying fruits and vegetables. Since yesterday, he has been having diarrhea 6-10 times a day. It is now starting to turn a grey color and I noticed it has seeds like when I breast fed. Is this something to worry about?
Asked On : Sat, 5 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

You have not mentioned about the age of your baby boy.
Why was he on soy formula till now? Was he having lactose intolerance?
If he had been diagnosed with lactose intolerance, he will not tolerate milk based formula and may present with loose stools.
In such a case, he has to be given soy milk or lactose free formula.

While weaning him off formula, start introducing only one food at a time, so that it will be easy for you to find out which one he does not tolerate. Every week you may introduce one new food.

If loose stools are associated with fever, vomiting etc, he might be having a gut infection- which is mostly viral in this age group. In such a case, you have to be sure that he drinks well. Continue to breast feed. You may give him boiled cooled water/ ORS/ vegetable soups/ rice based porridge/ curd etc. Be sure he wets his nappies atleast 4 to 5 times in a day.

At any time if he develops high fever/ he is dull and lethargic/ his urine frequency is less/ he does not drink well/ you see blood in stools, do not hesitate to visit your Pediatrician immediately.

Hope my answer helps you.
Wish your son good health.

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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013
Your child is having diarrhea may be due to some contamination and give oral rehydrating solutions sips by sips to prevent dehydration and you can add probiotic like lactobacillus or saccharomyces after consulting your Pediatrician. And proper reconstitution of feeds and proper hygeinic techniques of fedding and gradual introduction of new feeds into regular diet is important.
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