Diarrhea, or loose stools, is a common symptom in children. It can be caused by everything from tummy bugs to parasites like giardia, as well as certain foods not agreeing with your little one. Diarrhea can also go along with non-intestinal ailments like ear infections and viruses. Even teething can cause diarrhea.
The good news is as long as your child seems well hydrated to you as defined by:
You’re generally okay to watch and wait.
If your child has diarrhea that does not meet the above criteria, we recommend increasing fluid intake and administering a probiotic (e.g. Culturelle for kids or Florastor for kids).
This illness guide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
If you think your child may have a life threatening emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.