If a child has more than two or three loose, watery bowel movements per day, it means they have diarrhea which can be worrisome. When it comes to diarrhea in children, it is important to take immediate action, which is only possible if you understand the symptoms and how diarrhea in children is treated.
Proper care and treatment as well as consulting a doctor when needed can prevent the condition from leading to further complications.
Watching Out for Symptoms
While many things can cause the condition in children, one of the most common causes is typically a viral infection like rotavirus. When a child has a viral infection, some other symptoms that children can experience in addition to the condition are fever, stomach cramps, headaches, and vomiting.
Monitor Bowel Movements
It is important to pay attention to how frequently your child passes a watery stool and how severe their diarrhea is, considering the treatment is dependent on these aspects. With proper care and treatment, both the frequency and severity should lessen.
Pay Attention to Dehydration Signs
While mild cases do not typically lead to dehydration, the condition increases the risk of dehydration as it results in the loss of bodily fluids at an inordinate amount. Some dehydration signs you should look for are dry mouth, dizziness, dark urine or a decrease in the frequency of urination, and a lack of tears while crying.
Find Out Whether A Medication Causes Diarrhea
Diarrhea is the side effect of some medications, and if your child is on a medication because of another condition, make sure that the medicine they are on is not the reason they get diarrhea. If you believe your child suffers from diarrhea due to a medication interaction, discuss your options with your child’s pediatrician. Also, do not give your children over-the-counter diarrhea medications without consulting your doctor.
A major concern when babies have diarrhea is dehydration. Hence, it is important to nurse a baby more so than usual to keep them hydrated and provide them with the energy and nutrients they require. Furthermore, if you use formula, you can also up the number of feedings to compensate for the loss of bodily fluids and nutrients.
Incorporate Semi-Solid Foods Into Your Child’s Diet
If your child has had solid foods before, start feeding them semi-solid foods again such as potatoes and bananas can help.
Oral Rehydration Solution
If you are worried about your child not taking in enough liquids, you can also discuss your oral rehydration solution options with your child’s doctor.
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