A to Z Symptom: Diarrheaenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZSymptom-enHD-AR1.jpgDiarrhea (loose, watery, or more frequent stools) can be a symptom of many conditions, including common infections. Most cases go away in a few days with proper home care.diarrhea, runny, poop, poops, stools, soiling, dairea, dyarrhea, gastro, gastroenteritis, stomach flu, bowels, runny stools, runny poop, too much poop, dehydrate, dehydration, common infections, symptoms, a to z, watery poop, loose bowels, CD1Primary Care, CD1Gastroenterology01/24/201304/01/201909/02/2019f53ce410-2dfb-43f0-a4e1-1e43c95c9ba3https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-diarrhea.html/<h3 id="a_More_to_Know">More to Know</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">Diarrhea</a> is loose, watery, or more frequent stools (poop). Although it&nbsp;can be upsetting, diarrhea is rarely dangerous and usually goes away in a few days.</p> <h4>Causes</h4> <p>Diarrhea can be a symptom of many conditions, including common <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">infections</a> due to viruses (like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">viral gastroenteritis</a>, or "stomach flu"), bacteria, or parasites. It's often accompanied by cramping belly pain &mdash; and, sometimes, nausea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, and weight loss.</p> <p>Other causes of diarrhea include <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-allergies/">food allergies</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lactose.html/">lactose intolerance</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibd.html/">inflammatory bowel disease</a> (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/celiac-disease.html/">celiac disease</a>, and some medicines.</p> <h4>Treatment</h4> <p>Most cases of&nbsp;diarrhea go away in a few days with care at home, rest, and plenty of fluids. In some cases, particularly in infants, diarrhea can lead to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydration</a> that requires treatment with IV fluids and sometimes hospitalization. Diarrhea, especially if it lasts&nbsp;more than 2 weeks or keeps happening, also can be a symptom of an underlying medical problem that needs further evaluation.</p> <h3 id="a_Keep_in_Mind">Keep in Mind</h3> <p>The most common infectious causes of diarrhea are highly contagious and spread easily through dirty hands, contaminated food or water, and contact with dirty diapers or the toilet.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">Washing hands</a> well and often is the best way to help prevent spreading infection. Everyone in your family should wash their hands after using the bathroom and before eating or preparing food.</p> <div id="khcontent"> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p> </div>
AmebiasisAmebiasis is an intestinal illness transmitted when someone eats or drinks something that's contaminated with a microscopic parasite.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/amebiasis.html/b310b6cc-8a54-4b7d-8101-b84231338943
Campylobacter InfectionsThese bacterial infections can cause diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Good hand-washing and food safety habits can help prevent them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/campylobacter.html/1b376c32-47d6-42a6-9eed-50dbd918e201
DiarrheaNearly everybody gets diarrhea every once in a while, and it's usually caused by gastrointestinal infections. It's nothing to be embarrassed about. Read this article to learn more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/diarrhea.html/a6f9f493-2ca8-437a-b4bb-4909ac75b2fc
E. ColiUndercooked burgers and unwashed produce are among the foods that can harbor E. coli bacteria and lead to infection and severe diarrhea. Here's how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/e-coli.html/e50859c8-aed8-4e36-80cf-946493dc4f12
First Aid: DiarrheaDiarrhea is common and usually not a sign of something serious. Find out what to do if your child has diarrhea.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea-sheet.html/e38697dd-26dd-4dcf-91a7-fdf384030fd5
Food PoisoningSometimes, germs can get into food and cause food poisoning. Find out what to do if your child gets food poisoning - and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-poisoning.html/3574049c-833d-4fb5-b597-6a9d1c4aae09
GiardiasisGiardiasis, one of the chief causes of diarrhea in the United States, is an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/giardiasis.html/f1cd6920-2964-4bd2-815f-d3b2a1ee3018
Lactose IntoleranceKids with lactose intolerance have trouble digesting a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy foods. But by making smart choices, they can eat delicious foods without feeling sick.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/lactose.html/4d406e07-fe06-4b4c-ae64-c0d24ee6ddc4
RotavirusRotavirus infection affects most kids and is one of the most common causes of diarrhea. A vaccine to prevent it is now recommended for all kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rotavirus.html/f213231c-41fc-4b8c-9998-4ef4d479d5fa
SalmonellosisPeople often think of salmonellosis as food poisoning, but food is only one way the bacteria Salmonella can be spread.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/salmonellosis.html/4c9aa097-9055-452f-a15a-b78978d2a675
Shigella Infections (Shigellosis)Shigella are bacteria that can infect the digestive tract and cause a wide range of symptoms, from diarrhea, cramping, vomiting, and nausea, to more serious complications and illnesses.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/shigella.html/67699f01-6635-4ef1-b4c4-5f749ba2f73f
Word! DiarrheaIf you've ever had a bad time in the bathroom, then you know what this is.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-diarrhea.html/fe10c223-c3cd-48db-a66d-f00d12890973
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