Introducing solid foods can sometimes cause a bit of havoc in baby’s tummy even if you are slowly introducing foods and waiting until baby is 6 months of age. Your little one may experience gassiness when he begins to eat solid foods and/ or constipation and diarrhea. Constipation and diarrhea are two of the more common digestive upsets that may occur as your baby’s digestive system learns to process solid food. While many pediatricians are now suggesting that any and all foods are appropriate to offer baby when starting on solids, you may want to wait a bit to introduce foods that are known to cause digestive upsets.
Broccoli, for example, might not be a great first food. It is known to cause many adults to experience gassiness. Waiting to offer this vegetable until baby is around 8 months old might be beneficial as her intestines will be more mature and might be better able to digest broccoli. Rice and bananas are great starter foods for baby, but too many servings of them may cause your little one to become constipated. Likewise, serving your baby an abundance of foods that are known to loosen stools (peaches, plums, apricots, pears, and fruit juices) might provoke an uncomfortable episode of diarrhea.
When Baby Has Diarrhea
Diarrhea has many causes with the most common being bacteria, viruses, parasites, medications, functional bowel disorders and food sensitivities. As diarrhea may be a sign of food sensitivity, do be sure to pay close attention to what baby is eating as you are introducing solid foods. You may have heard of the BRAT diet that is used to help alleviate diarrhea. Following the BRAT diet is simple and means using Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast to firm up stools. Try rice cereal, applesauce, bananas and even potatoes if diarrhea occurs. It is a good idea to offer your baby only small meals when he has diarrhea, which will allow his digestive system to work slowly. His tiny intestines and still fragile digestive system will take a bit of time to get back on track and healed properly. It may take 3 to 4 days for your baby’s stools to get back to “normal”. It is very important that you always notify and consult with your pediatrician when your baby has diarrhea. Babies who have prolonged bouts of diarrhea will dehydrate easily and diarrhea in conjunction with a fever lasting longer than 72 hours could be a symptom of an illness that needs medical treatment.