Childhood Diarrhea

Children have diarrhea when they have three or more loose stools a day.



Make sure your child eats a nutritious diet. This will help keep your child from getting dehydrated.

Other things you can do:


If breastfeeding:

If feeding formula:

For infants on solid foods:

For children older than 1 year and weaned from breast milk or formula:


When To Call Your Child's Doctor

Call your child's doctor's office if your child has any of the following symptoms:

Diarrhea can lead to dehydration (loss of normal body fluids). Call your child's doctor immediately if your child seems to be dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include:

After medical center hours, contact the Consulting Nurse Service.

Clinical review by Emily Chao, DO
Group Health
Reviewed 02/15/2012