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Diarrhea in Children: Causes and Treatments

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When to Call a Doctor About Your Child's Diarrhea

Diarrhea usually goes away in a few days, but it can lead to complications. If your child has any of these symptoms, don't wait, get help.

Call 911 if your child:

  • Is too weak to stand up
  • Is confused or dizzy

Call your doctor right away if your child:

  • Seems very sick
  • Has had diarrhea more than three days
  • Is younger than 6 months old
  • Is vomiting bloody green or yellow fluid
  • Can't hold down fluids or has vomited more than two times
  • Has a fever over 105° F or is under age 6 months with a fever over 100.4° F (determined by a rectal thermometer)
  • Seems dehydrated
  • Has bloody stool
  • Is less than a month old with three or more episodes of diarrhea
  • Passes more than four diarrhea stools in eight hours and isn't drinking enough
  • Has a weak immune system
  • Has a rash
  • Has stomach pain for more than two hours
  • Has not urinated in 6 hours if a baby or 12 hours if a child

 

 NOTE: If your infant has a fever of over 100.4 F, do not give him fever medicine.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on March 25, 2014
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