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If there is any sign of infection like fever, decreased feeding, blood in stools etc. then certainly a detailed work up & medicines including antibiotics may have a role to play in treating this newborn.
On the other hand, we need to try to find the cause, and tests like a stool examination, stool ph & reducing substances and maybe blood work would be needed to try to find the cause,
If formula is being used, then this may be the culprit, either directly or through infection due to lack of sterility related to bottle use,
On the other hand, an exclusively breast fed child is less likely to get explosive diarrhea of sudden onset at day 12 of life, so further investigations will decide the line of treatment
One thing is certain though, no OTC (over the counter) treatment is appropriate in this situation
and the baby needs to be evaluated by the pediatrician ASAP if there is significant diarrhea, since dehydration / sepsis can occur very fast in this situation
Is there anything else that I can help you with?
There are medicines that may need to be used to stop diarrhea in a newborn, depending on the cause,
however we cannot use medicines that slow down the stools directly or affect the GIT motility in newborns,
So the answer is a qualified NO
If it is viral 'stomach flu' then yes that is the best option at this age,
I understand, unfortunately medications have the potential to make this worse
at this age
and hence avoided ...
of course after reviewing with the pediatrician
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I understand the concern, but hopefully this will be over within the next few days