Diarrhea; Main Risk is Dehydration in Children

Diarrhea makes the body lose too much water and minerals called electrolytes. That leads to dehydration. Babies can get dehydrated very quickly; within a day or two after diarrhea starts and it can be very dangerous, especially in newborns.

  • If your baby is younger than 3 months and has a fever as well as diarrhea, call your healthcare provider at once. 
  • If your baby is older than 3 months and has had mild diarrhea with a slight fever for more than a day, check whether it is passing a normal amount of urine. Also check its temperature with a thermometer. Then call your healthcare provider.

Because diarrhea is the body’s way of getting rid of germs, it’s best to let the illness run its course without medicine. “You should never give antidiarrheal medication to a baby

  • The main risk of diarrhea is dehydration.
  • Loose or runny stools do not cause dehydration.
  • Frequent, watery stools can cause dehydration.

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