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Diarrhea, Age 11 and Younger - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • Your child passes out (loses consciousness).
  • Your child is confused, does not know where he or she is, or is extremely sleepy or hard to wake up.
  • Your child passes maroon or very bloody stools.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your child has signs of needing more fluids. These signs include sunken eyes with few tears, a dry mouth with little or no spit, and little or no urine for 8 or more hours.
  • Your child has new or worse belly pain.
  • Your child's stools are black and look like tar, or they have streaks of blood.
  • Your child has a new or higher fever.
  • Your child has severe diarrhea. (This means large, loose bowel movements every 1 to 2 hours.)

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your child's diarrhea is getting worse.
  • Your child is not getting better after 2 days (48 hours).
  • You have questions or are worried about your child's illness.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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