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Diarrhea is a very common pediatric problem. The vast majority of diarrhea in children is caused by a viral infection of the intestines. This usually starts with 1-2 days of vomiting and low-grade fevers followed by a week or more of diarrhea. The chief risk of diarrhea in children is dehydration. If your child has diarrhea, try to give them as much liquid as possible. The best liquids are water and Pedialyte. A large amount of juice, Gatorade or milk can make the diarrhea worse. You can also use a probiotic to help decrease the duration of the diarrhea. Avoid over-the-counter diarrhea medicines as these can be dangerous in young children. If your child is becoming dehydrated, has blood in their diarrhea or vomit, has had the diarrhea for more than1-2 weeks or has other symptoms you are concerned about, please make an appointment with your pediatrician. Please see www.brightonpeds.com for more information about diarrhea.
Please see www.brightonpediatrics.com for more information about treating fever and viral illnesses.
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