Diarrhea: Learn about diarrhea in children

The most important thing to remember: Getting your child back onto solid foods (or breastmilk or formula) again is the best way to treat the diarrhea. Initially, the vomiting will hold you back from advancing to the regular diet. But once this has subsided, you will be able to go back to regular food. Not only does this provides the salts the body is lacking, but it also nourishes the cells that have been damaged by the virus. Study after study has shown that feeding a regular diet as soon as possible decreases the length of time diarrhea lasts.

If a person in your family has acquired this virus, the best thing you can do to keep other members from getting it is wash your hands.

When to get immediate attention

  • If the diarrhea has blood in it
  • If there are signs of dehydration (no tears when she cries, urination is decreased, the mouth looks like it has little saliva in it)
  • If the diarrhea is lasts more than 14 days
  • If there is severe abdominal pain
  • If fever lasts more than 48 hours
  • If vomiting persists for more than two days
  • If the vomit is tinged with green
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