- It can cause an increase in the frequency of a child’s bowel movements.
- It can cause a child to have looser stools than they normally would (possibly containing blood).
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rectal pain
- Weight loss
- Is younger than 6 months old
- Has a fever higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit
- Is producing bloody or black stools
- Is frequently vomiting
- Is showing signs of dehydration (which might include excessive thirst, a dry mouth or dry lips, a lack of tears when crying, a dry diaper for at least three hours, sunken eyes or cheeks, a sunken soft spot on a baby’s head, sleepiness, and irritability)
What causes diarrhea in children?
Possible causes of diarrhea in kids will vary depending on whether the child has acute diarrhea or chronic diarrhea. Acute diarrhea (which lasts less than three weeks) is often caused by a bacterial, parasitic, or viral infection. This could be something as common as a cold or the flu. Children in daycare or school settings may be particularly vulnerable to acute diarrhea because they’re frequently exposed to viruses.
On the other hand, chronic diarrhea (which lasts more than three weeks) could potentially be caused by:
- Drinking too many juice or sports drinks
- Taking antibiotics
- Other health conditions such as celiac disease (gluten intolerance), food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), irritable bowel syndrome, and lactose intolerance
If left untreated
If pediatric diarrhea is left untreated, it can lead to dehydration, which can in turn become a life-threatening condition if not promptly addressed. Get the care your child needs by requesting a visit from DispatchHealth today.
* Please note: For life-threatening and time-sensitive injuries and illnesses, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. DispatchHealth shouldn’t be used in a life-threatening emergency and doesn’t replace a primary care provider.