Being a mom is not for the faint of heart. Some of the things you'll discover in your baby's diaper will test someone with the strongest stomach. Depending on whether your baby's diet is made up of formula or breast milk, their poop will come in different colors and consistencies. But when the poop is watery and doesn't seem to stop, you may be dealing with something a little more serious. If your baby has a case of the runs and you've been dealing with more poop than your nose can handle, you'll want to know the reasons for your baby projectile diarrhea.
An ear infection, a milk allergy, or exposure to a virus are the most common causes of diarrhea in babies. And although it's often a problem that will clear up on its own, diarrhea can be a dangerous situation for babies. Your baby will be losing fluids, and could be at risk for dehydration, according to Baby Center. If your baby is experiencing diarrhea, you should make sure you keep them hydrated with breast milk or formula.
If everything else seems to be normal, your child's diarrhea should pass within a few days, as KidsHealth advised. However, if the diarrhea is accompanied by a high fever, vomiting, or contains blood, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Curious what could be causing these constant poops? Here are a few common reasons for your baby's projectile diarrhea.
1. They Have A Milk Allergy
According to Parents, nearly 3 percent of children have an allergy to milk proteins, which can be found in formula or dairy products consumed by the mother of a baby who is breastfed. If your baby is allergic to milk proteins, the diarrhea will likely be accompanied by vomiting and hives.
2. They DrinkToo Much Juice
According to Baby Center, when babies consume too much juice or sweetened drinks, it can cause upset stomach and loose stools. As the Mayo Clinic mentioned, babies younger than 6 months should not consume juice. After 6 months, they should consume limited amounts until their first birthday.
3. They Have A Virus
According to Parents, rotavirus is a common cause of diarrhea in babies between 6 and 24 months, and usually prevalent in kids in the winter months. If your child is affected by the rotavirus, you should do your best to keep him hydrated.
4. They've Been Poisoned
If you believe your child may have swallowed some kind of chemical or medicine, he may be vomiting along with his bout of diarrhea, according to Baby Center. It is advised that you contact Poison Control (800-222-1222) immediately.
5. They Have An Ear Infection
Ear infections can be painful, but are common among babies — particularly when they have had a cold. According to Baby Center, diarrhea can sometimes come along with your child's ear infection. If so, you will notice that your baby will be fussy and pulling on her ear, as a result of the pain.