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What is the cause of frequent passing of stool in an infant ?

hello there, My 8 months baby used to pass stool once a day regularly, However, for the last two days she has been passing stools 3-4 times a day ( curd like consistency) and has some gas problem also. she has been feed with dexolac (4 times a day), mother feed (3-4 times a day) and one time solid food. Please suggest me whether the change in her stool is normal?
Asked On : Sun, 11 Mar 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Dear S,

Thank you for posing your question here. Any change in the frequency or colour of stool should be looked at with caution. Although this may not always portend a disease or an emergency, you should keep a watch on this. A few days of loose stooling may occur with teething, a cold virus, or after the intake of a new protein in the diet. Anything more than a few days, or the presence of any of the following: high fever, stomach pain, blood or sticky substance in the stool, refusal to take feeds, bloating of the stomach, excessive vomiting, or a sick look of the child - should alert you to the possibility that this is not NORMAL and that you should take your child to the specialist urgently.

In the meantime, give her oral rehydration salts to tide the crisis and prevent dehydration (loss of vital salts and water from the body), and continue to give her breastfeeds and soft diet like rice, khichdi, bananas, curds, etc.

Dr. Taher
Answered: Tue, 17 Apr 2012
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Pediatrician Dr. Partho Sarathi Roy's  Response
Welcome to HCM
First of all I would like to inform you that this is a common question ashed by parents.In infancy the frequency of stool is not important and changing of frequency is a normal and very common habit when the activity and body weight is good..The cosistency of stool is mainly depends on the dietary pattern.
I suggest you to modify your feeding practice as in this age baby needs more solid/semisolid food more just than once in a day.
Thanking you.
Answered: Tue, 17 Apr 2012
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