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For most parents, when diarrhea affects their babies the first time they get dismayed. This is rightly so because apart from the extra strain it can put on the parent, it can lead to some other serious health complications when adequate care is not given to the child. However the occurrence of diarrhea is a common illness that affects children during infancy and childhood. In most cases, diarrhea occurs mildly and is usually simply taken care of. Where this is not the case and acute diarrhea develops, this can lead to dehydration in children with some serious consequences. When parents get to know the symptoms of diarrhea, they are better able to cope with it when it occurs in their children.
There are many new entrants in the parenthood circle that mistake bowel movement for diarrhea. The formation of the stool that a baby passes will be largely determined by the type of food with which he is fed. Babies that are fed on breast milk will usually pass stools that are soft or seedy, yellow in color and frequently watery while those that are formula-fed will more likely pass soft stools which are more formed and which may be brown, green, yellow or a variation between these colors. Some parents erroneously believe with about four or five bowel movements in a day, diarrhea should be fingered. Such numbers of bowel movements are not strong enough as indications for diarrhea. It is normal for babies to have bowel movements after feeding although there are some babies that can hold these movements for three days. The makeup of individual babies differs and this is actually one of the things that the frequency of bowel movements. As a parent you should be more concerned with any observable changes that may occur in the regular patterns that your baby has been showing.