Friday, November 04, 2011

Diarrhea In Toddlers: A Point By Point Guide

By Andrea Price

The passing of watery stools in excess of three times in any twenty four hour period, diarrhea can be a symptom of further conditions. As such, it is split into two distinct groups; acute and chronic. A common condition which affects most people at one time or another; diarrhea in toddlers is very common, and rarely a cause for concern.

the condition can result from various causes. A change in eating patterns can bring it on, or a minor infection in the intestines. It could also be a natural response of the baby's growing body. It is quite common for a baby of up to twelve months old to have it from between two to three times in a year.

Prognosis of the condition: It is unlikely that the issue will last any more than a day or two and, in such cases, it is nothing to worry about. However, anything over this time could risk dehydration in the body.

Sometimes the problem may persist for more than a couple of days. In such cases, get medical advice as soon as possible. If bleeding is present, or it is stubbornly unrelenting, seek immediate medical attention.

The condition can either be acute, where it is caused by a bacterial or viral infection or chronic, where it is symptomatic of other issues which need investigating. This is something that can easily be determined by a simple blood test.

Providing treatment: When first experienced, it is important that infants continue to feed normally; be it by bottle or breast. Rehydration drinks may be recommended in some cases, but this will be advised by the doctor as necessary.

Diarrhea in toddlers rarely is anything more serious than a simple bug which works its way out over a couple of days. As such, parents should not be immediately concerned. However, if worried, it is always best to speak with a doctor or pharmacist.

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