Diarrhea of young children is often caused by chronic nonspecific diarrhea. This is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in children who do not suffer from any other disease. In addition to being messy, diarrhea can cause dehydration and diaper rash that can add other symptoms. If you notice that your child has diarrhea, it is important to consult a doctor for a diagnosis and begin to develop a plan to heal until these symptoms.
What are the Symptoms of Diarrhea in Toddlers?
It is important to note that the types of stool is normal for your child. Some children have more frequent bowel movements with soft stools that does not mean there is a problem. It is more of a problem if your child’s stool suddenly become more loose, watery or more frequent than normal. This is considered as diarrhea.
Common features diarrhea also include:
- Diarrhea is more common between 6-30 months
- 2-6 loose stools per day which may include undigested material (there may be periods of normal bowel movements as well)
- No signs of infection
- Stool is negative hematest
- Weight, head circumference and height of children are normal
- Diets used to control diarrhea failed to provide enough calories, compromising growth
- Child looks good, no history of abdominal pain or signs of malnutrition
- History gasroesophogeal reflux, colic or irritable bowel syndrome family
Important Notes: Recognizing Dehydration
Dehydration is one of the most common problems associated with diarrhea, especially if your child has diarrhea is severe. If your child has any of the following symptoms, call your doctor.
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Little or no urine
- Dark yellow urine
- Little or no tears when crying
- Skin cool and dry
- Lack of energy
What are the Causes of Toddler Diarrhea?
There are a variety of conditions that could cause diarrhea, usually revolving around something that your child eats.
|Virus||Many viruses, including influenza, rotavirus, astrovirus and others can cause diarrhea with aches, pains, fever, chills and vomiting.|
|Infections||Bacterial infections such as E. coli, Shigella, Salmonella, Staphylococcus and others can cause severe diarrhea with fever, cramping, or blood in the stool. Infections can clear up on their own.|
|Antibiotics||It is important to contact your doctor if you suspect an infection to receive any necessary medication. In some cases, the use of antibiotics can cause diarrhea kill the good bacteria in the digestive system, so if diarrhea persists, progress with all the prescribed treatment and contact your doctor if you have concerns.|
|Ear infections||They can be caused by viral or bacterial invaders and can lead to poor appetite, vomiting, nausea or diarrhea that this bacterium spreads. You may find that your child pulls the ear and is difficult in addition to diarrhea.|
|Diarrhea in young children.||It can cause your child to experience loose stools several times a day.This stool may have a foul odor or contain undigested food. The cause of this disease is unknown, but in most cases, your child will continue to excel and develop normally.|
|Parasites||In some cases, parasites such as Giardia can cause diarrhea with cramps, bloating, gas, fatty stools or nausea. group care situations will be the spread of these types of infections. Your doctor will prescribe medications that can clear a parasitic infection.|
|Juice||Juices that contain high amounts of fructose or sorbitol can cause stomach pain and lead to lose stool. Pediatricians recommend that you limit consumption of sugary drinks like juice your child to a maximum of 4-6 ounces per day.|
|Allergic||Diarrhea can be a sign that your child’s immune system rejects a food.This is particularly common with children with milk allergies. The consumption of a food that your child has an allergy to be causerdes abdominal cramps, diarrhea, gas and bloating approximately 2 hours after the food is consumed. In more severe cases, your child may have a rash, difficulty breathing, hives or swelling. In this case, you will need to seek medical attention immediately.|
|Food Poisoning||In more severe cases include vomiting with diarrhea, your child may have ingested something toxic, such as a factory, drugs or chemicals. If you think this is the case, contact emergency medical services immediately. Watch difficulty breathing, seizures or fatigue and report if a professional can determine the severity of the problem.|
|Medical Conditions||If diarrhea is a long-term problem, it could be a sign that your child has a medical condition, such as cryptosporidium, giardia or Clostridium difficile. These chronic bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics.Inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, lactose intolerance or malabsorption can also cause frequent diarrhea. Your doctor may perform blood tests or test projections for these conditions.|
How to Treat Toddlers Diarrhea:
1. Avoid Dehydration
Diarrhea is rarely serious, as long as your child is not dehydrated. Be sure to continue to provide plenty of fluids to prevent this. If your child is vomiting or have severe diarrhea, which makes it difficult to keep liquids, ask your doctor for a pediatric electrolyte solution that can help. Avoid sugary liquids such as juice, sports drinks or Jell-O sugar is tirerL humidity of the digestive system.
2. Feeding Solid Foods
If possible, keep giving solid foods to your child for diarrhea. Restrict their diet to bland foods such as cereals, rice, applesauce or bananas. If possible, start introducing fruits, vegetables, yogurt or lean meat to make sure your child keeps getting nutrition. Yogurt is particularly useful because it contains live cultures that can help manage the digestive system. Look for yogurt with live cultures to help correct your child’s diarrhea. Do not worry if your child has no appetite. That should come back after a few days.
3. Take of Your Child Bottom
Your child will probably be uncomfortable while experiencing diarrhea. Work on comforting them as much as possible and manage cases of diarrhea quickly. Clean their bottom gently, working to keep it dry. You may need to use the cream of the additional layer if loose stool is causing redness or irritation on the buttocks of your child.
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When to See a Doctor
If your child has diarrhea lasting more than a few days, you should talk to your doctor. This is especially important if your child:
- Is Dehydrated
- Seems very sick
- Has had diarrhea for more than three days
- Old is less than 6 months
- A fever over 105 degrees F or 100.4 if less than 6 months
- You can not rely on fluids
- Vomited twice daily
- Vomit yellow or green liquid
- Is vomiting blood
- A bloody stools
- Is less than a month and had three or more cases of diarrhea
- Has passed stools for more than 8 hours and not getting enough to drink
- Has had stomach pain for more than 2 hours
- Has not urinated for more than 6 hours or 12 if the child is older
- A rash
- Has a weak immune system
Contact emergency medical services if your child is dizzy, confused or is too weak to stand.
How to Prevent Toddlers Diarrhea
- The best way to avoid diarrhea is encouraging your child to wash their hands regularly to avoid passing contaminants from hand to mouth. Touching objects that have been treated with an infected child increases the risk that contaminated feces can be passed along to wash hands with soap for 15 seconds before eating or if you notice your hands are dirty.
- If you handled the layers of your child or went to the bathroom, wash hands before eating or handling food.
- Following safe food preparation techniques, including cooking food thoroughly can help prevent diarrhea as well.