Is This Pain in the Ass Bothering Your Baby?

If your infant is experiencing diarrhea, you know how much of a pain in the ass it is.


Along with it being a pain in the ass, it can also be pretty alarming especially if your infant is a newborn. Regardless, diarrhea in any infant can be hella stressful. In this article, I will discuss what exactly diarrhea is, what it means and how it can potentially be dangerous. You will also learn about herbs and supplements that are safe for infants that address diarrhea and what the MOST IMPORTANT thing you should AVOID when your infant is experiencing diarrhea.

What is diarrhea?

This refers to the consistency of poop. When you think of diarrhea, the image that pops up is liquidy, runny poop. But did you know when the body is experiencing diarrhea, there is much more to understand. The digestive system speaks to us through symptoms. These symptoms can vary from rashes, colic, bloating, but in this case the symptom your infant is experiencing is diarrhea.

When diarrhea occurs, the transit time (the time from when food/liquid like milk, enters the mouth and is excreted through poop) is WAY too fast. With a fast transit time, the digestive system doesn’t have the opportunity to break down the molecules from breast milk, formula or food to its finest form. If this doesn’t happen, then nutrients can not be extracted for the body and cells, leading to nutrient deficiencies. Along with a lack of nutrients, the body can also become dehydrated, which can be super dangerous for an infant especially. Everything passes through the digestive system so fast that water from the food (milk in this case) can not be absorbed in the colon, which is why diarrhea is so watery. Good bacteria that live in the colon is also flushed out due to diarrhea, along with the important enzyme lactase, that helps with the digestion of lactose (sugar found in milk)

Diarrhea can happen when infant’s begin to teeth, this is another common time infants may experience loose poops. They can also experience constipation but diarrhea tends to be the more common bowel movement. Diaper rashes are also common during teething because their urine is more acidic that usual. Below are remedies for both teething and diaper rashes.

What is diarrhea saying to us?

Diarrhea can be happening for a few reasons. The most common reason diarrhea is manifesting is because of bacteria, virus or a parasite invading the body and the body is trying to get rid of it ASAP! The body tries to flush the harmful invader out to prevent it from creating damage to the organs, tissues or cells. If this is the case for your infant, they should only have diarrhea for 24 hours. Below you will learn exactly what you need to do if this is why your infant is dealing with


If diarrhea is lasting longer than 24 hours, it could mean something completely different than bacteria, virus or parasite. This is a HUGE indicator of food sensitivity.

**Keep in mind: if you have a newborn who is experiencing diarrhea, please advise your doctor or if your infant or toddler is experiencing diarrhea for more than 24 hours you may want to visit your doctor for them to do a stool test.

What do I do if it is a bacteria, virus or parasite?

Firstly, like I mentioned above, if you have a newborn who is experiencing diarrhea this is what you need to do.

  1. Book an appointment with your infant’s family doctor

  2. Ensure your baby is getting enough liquids from breast milk or formula

  3. Request stool testing if you are concerned it is bacterial or parasitic.

  4. If you are a breastfeeding mama, remove all sources of dairy from your diet (read below “Why remove dairy from diet?”)

  5. If you are a formula feeding mama, consider switching to a lactose free formula for the time being (read below “Why remove dairy from diet?”)

If it is bacteria, virus or a parasite, the diarrhea will last for 24 hours, however I must mention with parasites, herbal remedies need to be taken to kill the parasitic infection and the eggs. If a parasite is the culprit for your infant’s diarrhea, they may experience diarrhea longer until the parasitic infection is gone. Parasites can be contracted through other people who are infected and pets, especially dogs.

If your infant is a bit older like 2 months+ this is what you need to do.

  1. Allow the diarrhea to pass. The body is unbelievably intelligent and will do what it needs to do to bring it back into balance. This means the body is going to flush the bacteria, virus or parasite out of the body.

  2. Keep your baby hydrated with breast milk, formula or water (if they are 6 months+)

  3. If you are a breastfeeding mama, remove all sources of dairy from your diet (read below “Why remove dairy from diet?”)

  4. If you are a formula feeding mama, consider switching to a lactose free formula for the time being (read below under “Why remove dairy from diet?”)

How do I know if it is a food sensitivity?

If your infant continues to have diarrhea after 24 hours, or after the doctor has done a stool test and found nothing, consider diarrhea a symptom of a food sensitivity.

Sensitivities can develop for a number of reasons but one of the reasons that comes to mind is because infants are born with an immature digestive system.

For breastfeeding Moms:

This requires some digging to find out the culprit to your infant’s diarrhea. I suggest removing all dairy from your diet time for the time being, along with wheat and spicy foods. These are the most common offenders that cause diarrhea in infants.

Note to Self→ these may not be the offenders that are causing your infant’s diarrhea. It can be coffee, chocolate, oranges, bananas, etc… which is why it is important for you to keep track of what you are consuming in a food journal and consider starting an elimination diet.

Other factors to consider:

Magnesium intake- Mom may be consuming too much Magnesium in a supplement form, or magnesium may be added to a medication Mom may be taking. Magnesium is known to cause loose stools, however this isn’t dangerous because your infant is probably experiencing bowel tolerance. Stop taking the magnesium supplement to see if this can be a factor or speak to your doctor about the medication you are taking.

Vitamin C intake- Mom may be consuming too much Vitamin C in a supplement form is known to cause loose stools, however this isn’t dangerous because your infant is probably experiencing bowel tolerance. Simply stop taking the Vitamin C supplement, reduce your dosage or switch brands.

Bowel tolerance- taking a certain supplement until poop is loose. This is how a person can figure out if they are taking enough of a certain supplement. Supplements that work in this manner Vitamin C and Magnesium.

Mannitol and Xylitol- sugar alcohols that can cause loose stool or diarrhea

For Formula Feeding Moms:

Consider the formula your infant is consuming the culprit to their digestive disturbances AKA diarrhea. There can potentially be more than 1 ingredient in the formula that is causing diarrhea.

Ingredients that can cause diarrhea:

Dairy and other milk bi-products

Soy and other soy bi-products

Added DHA- this added DHA may seem like a great idea for your infant’s growing and ever developing brain, however, it is known to cause episodes of diarrhea in infants. Switching to a formula that has no added DHA may alleviate diarrhea.

Note to Self: If you have already switched over to a DHA free formula, you may want to consider changing the formula to a goat’s milk based one that is easier to digest.

Why remove dairy from diet?

Diary MUST be removed from the diet during episodes of diarrhea, whether diarrhea is caused by bacteria, virus, parasite, teething or food sensitivity. It is crucial to remove all sources of dairy from your diet (if you are breastfeeding), or change formula to lactose-free (if formula feeding). A lactose supplement can be given, however it is best to consult a Holistic Practitioner who works with infants before giving any supplements.

The reason why I say dairy needs to be removed is because when diarrhea happens, it flushes pretty much everything out of the colon; good bacteria that cultivate the immune system and the essential enzyme, known as lactase, that is responsible for digesting lactose (the sugar found in dairy/milk)

When dairy is consumed during an episode of diarrhea, it will seriously overwhelm the digestive tract and lead to dairy intolerance. This is because the sugars in dairy are not being properly digested. Introducing dairy too soon after an episode of diarrhea can cause an infant to be gassy and experience abdominal discomfort. It is best to avoid dairy for at least 2 weeks to allow the lactase enzymes to replenish in the colon.

Herbs for Diarrhea

These following herbs are safe for any age, including newborns. Please consult your Holistic Practitioner or Herbalist before using herbs, to get the right dosage for your infant. However there are very reputable and research based mathematics formulas that allow you to figure out on your own.

Herbs can be given to infants through a bath. That is the easiest way to get the herbs into your baby. Herbs are infused in the water, while the infant is laying or sitting in the bath, the herbal water is absorbed through their skin. Pretty cool eh! Wow… Can you tell I’m Canadian.

For infants who are consuming water (6months+), herbs can be boiled into tea and allowed to cool to room temperature. Other herbs can be made into delicious recipes for little ones to gnaw or nibble on. Yum!

Rosemary Gladstar: Herbs for Children’s Health

Catnip: great for teething and diarrhea

Properties= calming, relaxing and gentle

Marshmallow Root: soothing, demulcent

Properties= soothes and coats the intestinal walls

Demulcent= action an herb does, soothes and coats the intestinal walls. Basically fantastic for an irritated and inflamed intestinal tract from diarrhea!

Slippery Elm (Inner Bark): soothing inflammation

Supplements for Diarrhea

Probiotics: Acidophilus


Powder- Breastfeeding: sprinkle a little on nipple before latching baby

Pumping: Add into bottle

Formula feeding: Add into formula bottle

Drops- Breastfeeding: drop on breast while breastfeeding,

Pumping: drop on the nipple while infant drinking

Formula feeding: drop on the nipple while infant drinking

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Teething Remedies:

Frozen carrots or apples

Herbal oils such as coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil or olive oil infused with cloves and rubbed on gums

Diaper Rash Remedies My favourite a FREE database to find NON TOXIC and SAFE diaper creams


Gladstar, Rosemary. Rosemary Gladstars Herbal Remedies for Childrens Health. Storey Books, 1999.

Phillipson-Webb, Lianne. Sprout Right: Nutrition from Tummy to Toddler. Penguin Canada, 2010.

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