Diarrhea is described as an increase in the frequency of bowel
movements or a decrease in the consistency of stools that causes the discharge
of watery, loose stools. The severity of diarrhea is determined by the size and
number of stools passed within a period of time.
Severe diarrhea means having
more than 10 loose, watery stools in a single day (24 hours).
Moderate diarrhea means having more than a few but not more
than 10 diarrhea stools in a day.
Mild diarrhea means having a few diarrhea stools in a day.
Severe diarrhea increases your risk of
dehydration by causing your body to lose large amounts
of fluid quickly. Be sure to increase your intake of fluids, such as
water or a
rehydration drink, and to watch for symptoms of