Diarrhea in Children

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Almost any child can have diarrhea. It is a common disease, and most cases are treated at home. However, without proper care, diarrhea can become dangerous.

Causes of diarrhea in children

Diarrhea is a condition in which the children stools are more watery than normal. The disease often occurs when the child eats contaminated food or drinks or comes in contact with the feces of infected people. Some common causes of diarrhea in children are viruses, bacterial infections, parasites or food allergies and poisoning.

Complications of diarrhea in children

Diarrhea, when persists, often results in severe malnutrition. The immediate danger to the health of children with diarrhea, however, is dehydration. Therefore, when your children have diarrhea, you need to feed them with more water and electrolytes, then probiotics to balance the intestinal microbes. Keeping your child well-hydrated is to key to fighting diarrhea.
Diarrhea, if not treated properly, can cause digestive disorders, which lead to severe malnutrition, immune deficiency, and even death.

Treatments of diarrhea

Nutrition plays an important role in the treatment of diarrhea. Sufficient nutrition will help the digestive system function normally, shorten the duration of diarrhea and improve the nutritional status of the infants. Many people believe eating will worsen the condition, which is completely wrong. In fact, it is necessary to continue feeding your child with digestible food such as lean meat porridge or chicken cooked with carrots and potatoes.

Also, make sure you give your child enough probiotics. They will help provide beneficial micro-flora, increasing the resistance of the digestive system and helping the children to fight back the growth of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

However, call your doctor right away if your child:

– Has had diarrhea for more than 2 days
– Seems dehydrated
– Has bloody stools
– Vomits and is unable to eat or drink
– Has high fever

To prevent diarrhea, parents should pay close attention to the children’s eating hygiene including:
– Eat clean or cooked foods
– Do not eat food sold by street vendors
– Drink clean water
– Wash hands thoroughly before eating

Diarrhea can mostly be prevented if the parents are careful enough. It would be helpful to equip yourself with the necessary knowledge to recognize the symptoms and causes of diarrhea for your children and learn to deal with them quickly and properly. The best treatment is to take your children to a hospital or a health care center for accurate monitoring and measures.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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