Diarrhea often attacks infants regardless of age. The age of babies who are prone to diarrhea is 12 to 24 months. Babies with diarrhea are caused because their digestion is adapting to the various foods and drinks that come in. Therefore, food and drink can be one of the causes of diarrhea. Foods that are too sour, too sweet or salty can cause your baby to get diarrhea. In addition, children may have allergies to certain foods such as eggs and fish.
The cause of baby diarrhea is also due to viral and bacterial infections. The virus that often causes diarrhea is called Rotavirus. Usually Rotavirus attacks infants aged 6 months to 1 year. Meanwhile, bacteria that cause diarrhea, such as vibrio cholera, salmonella and so on. Viruses and bacteria can be transmitted through air, water or food and drink.
Giving chemical drugs and antibiotics can also cause diarrhea. Antibiotics are usually given when a child is recovering from a disease. These antibiotics can even kill the good bacteria that live in digestion. The result was diarrhea.
Other causes of infant diarrhea have to do with the lactose in milk. Babies who consume excessive amounts of formula milk can get diarrhea. Babies need lactose, an enzyme used to digest lactose. If the baby cannot produce sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactose, the baby cannot tolerate foods containing lactose and develops diarrhea.
Environmental factors can also be the cause of baby diarrhea. The condition of the nursery and house must be clean. Likewise, the quality of the water that the baby will consume must be guaranteed cleanliness. Everything that is handled and even that will enter the baby’s mouth must not be dirty. Call it a baby’s milk bottle that is not clean, it will be easily contaminated by germs and has the potential to cause diarrhea. Apart from the environment, malnutrition can also be another factor. Babies who are malnourished will easily become dehydrated and unable to fight germs from diarrhea