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Diarrhea in Toddlers (Age 1 to 4 Years Old)

Jun 30th, 2017

Toddler diarrhea is very common. There are many reasons for it be it food related, virus related or other reasons. Diarrhea happens more frequently among toddlers than adults. In fact, doctors claim that it is relatively safe if diarrhea occurs in preschoolers, but you need to worry if the symptoms persist for a week.

Worried with the color of the stool of your toddler? Well, the color of the stool mainly depends on what your child eats as well as the amount of bile in the stool. The color of the stool of a toddler who eats normal food and nursing would be of orange, yellow or green. Bright red stool can be due to the foods such as beets, cherries or cranberries. However, black stool is common for the first few days of a newborn baby’s life. Apart from this, yellow brown stool can be due to stomach cramps that might be the early signs of irritable bowel syndrome. Again, for breastfeeding babies the color of the stool might be green.

Some of the common causes of diarrhea might be eating oily food, ear infections, drinking excess juice, medications, food poisoning as well as food allergies. Viral infections are the main reasons for toddler diarrhea. Symptoms of diarrhea caused due to virus include vomiting, fever, headache, stomach ache and more. In toddlers, the symptoms can go on for about 5 days to 14 days.

Ear pain too can cause diarrhea. You need to notice if your toddler is pulling his ears or complains of ear pain. Giving your toddler too much of juice can be another big reason for diarrhea. In fact, it is so common that it is referred to as toddler’s diarrhea.

Food allergies can also cause diarrhea, remember that not all food allergies are accompanied by swelling face, some result in simple diarrhea. If you notice your kid is showing symptoms of diarrhea after eating certain food discontinue the food and notice if the symptoms continue or stop.

One or two bowels a day among toddlers are normal, but if the stool is uncontrollable and runny, there are chances your toddler is suffering from diarrhea. Moreover, if the diarrhea is bloody as in black or red, take your kid to the pediatrician immediately. Check if your child is dehydrated, if you notice such signs talk to your doctor. Ensure you kid drinks plenty of water while he is suffering from diarrhea.

You can treat your child suffering from diarrhea by giving him foods such as whole or mashed bananas, rice, applesauce as well as toasts. A combination of these foods works wonders to cure diarrhea. Also, avoid sugary food as it can upset the stomach.

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