Antibiotic-associated diarrhea

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Many antibiotics cause diarrhea. Learn about antibiotic-associated diarrhea, including causes and treatment options.

Key points

  • Diarrhea is common in children taking antibiotics. In most cases, it is mild.
  • Children with mild diarrhea should finish their antibiotics.
  • Make sure your child is drinking enough fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Do not give your child any probiotics or medicines unless your child's health-care provider recommends them.
Last updated: August 30th 2023