Binding Foods for Babies – Relieving Baby Diarrhea at Home

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Who knew that one of motherhood’s first guidelines is to sit and think about poop around the clock? You’ll end up closely watching your baby’s usual poop schedule to ensure your baby is having bowel movements regularly.  

Although the pattern can change over time, particularly when she adjusts to solid food, it can be both unpleasant for her and disturbing for you if she veers away from her usual, especially when diarrhea is involved in that adjustment.

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Since most parents dread dehydration and the escalation of severe diaper rash, diarrhea in infants is troubling. Some parents also wonder what foods will help bind the stool up and stop diarrhea. Here are some binding foods for babies.

Binding Foods for Babies - Relieving Baby Diarrhea at Home
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BRAT Diet

For babies, a diet identified as BRAT will easily alleviate diarrhea. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Owing to the bland nature of these foods, and the fact that they’re starchy, low-fiber foods, this diet is beneficial. 

These are binding foods that will help make sure the food that is left in your baby’s digestive tract will bind together. If it binds together, this means your baby’s stool will also be bound as opposed to in the case of diarrhea. 

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And because these foods are bland, they’re less inclined to irritate the stomach of your child or make diarrhea worse. You could also eat saltine crackers, clear broth, and potatoes, along with these foods.

Banana

Bananas are often identified as the perfect food. They are full of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, and complex carbohydrates, but they have no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. It’s easy to digest a banana, and it’s most babies’ favorite meal.

Banana is high in nutrients and fiber but gentle and bland enough to move through a compromised digestive tract quickly. The potassium in bananas helps to replenish essential electrolytes that your child loses during diarrhea.

If you don’t like bananas or want to get your baby’s potassium from other sources, many other bland foods can provide potassium. 

White beans, skin-baked potatoes, dried apricots, and avocados are excellent sources of potassium and can help your baby recover in the event of diarrhea.

Rice

For anyone with diarrhea, white rice is a popular food that is usually well-tolerated. The explanation is that it is low fiber, which helps in reducing bowel movements. 

Rather than helping them to move, this helps the stools to form. Brown rice, for example, is higher in insoluble fiber, which helps food move out more easily.

Binding Foods for Babies - Relieving Baby Diarrhea at Home
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Applesauce

Stewed apples or applesauce are an excellent binding food that firms up the stools during diarrhea and is, therefore, suitable to serve. But please note that you should avoid apple juice as it has more sugar than apples. 

More liquid is also used in apple juice so it is good for helping to alleviate constipation, but not diarrhea.

Toast

Plain bread is one of the blandest foods that your baby can eat. When her stomach is upset, it is a good source of bland carbohydrates that are easy to digest. 

Since the taste is milder and there is less fiber, white bread is better than brown in this case. Avoid putting buttered toast and sugary jams on the bread. Butter is high in fat and her stomach can be made worse by sugary jams.

Binding Foods for Babies - Relieving Baby Diarrhea at Home
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Conclusion

During diarrhea, babies do not like to eat, but it’s necessary to feed them to avoid dehydration. The above binding foods are mild and will not only help you feed your baby, but also help cure that diarrhea.

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