Diarrhea can be caused by a virus or bacteria in your child's intestines. This makes your child's stools looser and come more often. Mild diarrhea is when your child has a few loose stools. When the stools are watery, the diarrhea is severe.
When your child has diarrhea, it is important to make sure your child does not lose too much water. If your child has these signs, he or she could be dehydrated:
Taking care of the diarrhea can keep your child from developing dehydration.
Diarrhea is usually caused by a viral infection. Sometimes it is caused by bacteria or parasites. Sometimes a food allergy or drinking too much fruit juice may cause diarrhea. Antibiotics can upset the natural balance of bacteria in the digestive tract.
Extra fluids and diet changes work best. Note: One loose stool can mean nothing. Don't change your child's diet until your child has had several loose stools.
If your baby is less than 1 year old and bottle-fed:
If your baby is less than 1 year old and breast-fed:
If your child is over 1 year old: