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Diarrhea

Diarrhea in Children

Diarrhea refers to frequent (greater than six per day) loose stools. Gastroenteritis (intestinal infection that causes diarrhea and sometimes belly pain, vomiting and/or fever) can last between 7 and 14 days. Though it sometimes can, diarrhea by itself usually does not result in dehydration. Therefore controlling the vomiting is often the key to hydration.

Call our office if your child has a high fever, bloody diarrhea, is not taking clear liquids well, or you are concerned about dehydration.

Signs of dehydration include dry mouth or tongue, less than 4 wet diapers/24 hours up to age 1, or less than 3 wet diapers/24 hours in children older than age 1. If you see tears when your child cries, that is a sign that he is pretty well hydrated; however, no tears with crying does not necessarily mean they are dehydrated.