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When should you call your doctor about diarrhea or vomiting?

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Call your doctor if diarrhea or vomiting lasts for more than 2 days. Call sooner if there’s a fever or pain in the abdomen or rectum, if stool appears black or tarry, or if signs of dehydration appear.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Diarrhea.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Diarrhea.”

The Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging : “Preventing and treating dehydration in the elderly during periods of illness and warm weather.”

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Healthychildren.org.

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on April 23, 2017

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Diarrhea.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Diarrhea.”

The Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging : “Preventing and treating dehydration in the elderly during periods of illness and warm weather.”

UpToDate.

Healthychildren.org.

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on April 23, 2017

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