How should infants with acute diarrhea be fed?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020
  • Author: Stefano Guandalini, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Breastfed infants with acute diarrhea should be continued on breast milk without any need for interruption. In fact, breastfeeding not only has a well-known protective effect against the development of enteritis, it also promotes faster recovery and provides improved nutrition. This is even more important in developing countries, where with­drawal of breastfeeding during diarrhea has been shown to have a deleterious effect on the development of dehydra­tion in infants with acute watery diarrhea.

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