<p><strong>What Is Diarrhea? </strong></p>
<p>Acute diarrhea—the passage of frequent, loose, or watery stools—is not a disease itself but rather a symptom of an underlying disorder.</p>
<p>As food passes through the digestive system, its water content is normally absorbed through the wall of the large intestine. Diarrhea—and, at times, dehydration—results when fluid is not absorbed but remains in and is expelled with the fecal matter.</p>
<p>Although diarrhea usually subsides without treatment within two or three days, resulting dehydration can be serious and often requires prompt treatment.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Diarrhea? </strong></p>
<p>In more than 90 percent of cases, acute diarrhea is caused by infectious agents (e.g., viruses, bacteria, parasites) that are ingested in food and water. ...
Recommendations Diarrhea has many causes, including: Antibiotics Consuming too much fruit or fruit juice Food sensitivity Illness Infection Diet: What the child eats or drinks may make diarrhea worse. Changing the diet may relieve some types of diarrhea. In most cases, you should continue feeding your baby or child as usual. Most children can keep up with the nutrients they lose through diarrhea if they increase the amount of food they take in. For babies, always continue breast-feeding or formula feeding. Many children develop mild and temporary lactose intolerance. Continuing dairy foods may make the diarrhea last longer, but it can also allow a faster return to a regular diet. Babies who eat solid foods may continue to do so as long as they can keep the food down. A full appetite is often the last behavior to return after an illness. Children should be allowed to take their time returning to their normal eating habits. No specific diet is recommended for diarrhea, but children usually tolerat...
Changes in bowel movements can be concerning, but how do you know when and if you need to seek help?
A change in bowel movements can be a difficult problem to figure out. Everybody's gastrointestinal tract functions differently. While most people move their bowels one to two times a day, some people go three to four times a day, while others only once or twice a week. A change in the number or consistency of stool should alert you to see your physician.
Depending on your age, and other associated symptoms, a gastrointestinal evaluation may be warranted. If there is associated weight loss, abdominal pain or bleeding, an urgent evaluation with your physician is imperative. If not, you can attempt to see if the diarrhea resolves on its own. Over the counter antidiarrheals such as immodium or kaopectate can be taken to try to stop the diarrhea. If you are experiencing pain, or bleeding, check with your physician prior to taking any medications to stop diarrhea. You might hav...
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