Diarrhea in children

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Diarrhea causes frequent, loose bowel movements. Read about the causes of diarrhea in babies and children, how to take care of them, and how to prevent dehydration.

Key points

  • Diarrhea is watery or loose bowel movements (poop) that are more frequent than usual.
  • Diarrhea can cause dehydration.
  • Signs of dehydration include dry mouth and tongue, increased thirst, sunken eyes, lack of tears when crying, not peeing often and low energy.
  • When your child has diarrhea, continue with their regular diet and give them plenty of fluids.
  • Seek emergency care if your child is showing signs of dehydration and is not able to drink fluids, has severe abdominal pain, has blood in their stool, or has a fever and is less than 3 months of age.
Last updated: October 3rd 2023