Childhood Diarrhea Diarrhea, or frequent and watery stools, is the body's way of ridding itself of toxins and foreign substances. Most cases of simple diarrhea should not be suppressed too quickly. It may be healthier to allow your child's body to flush itself clean, while supporting her with adequate fluids.
Diarrhea Acute diarrhea is a common problem that usually lasts 1 or 2 days and goes away on its own without special treatment.
Diarrhea Facts This health education site explains all you need to know about diarrhea, including prevention, self-care, specific recommendations for effective non-prescription treatments, and when to see your doctor. Includes information on lactose intolerance, anatomy and function of the bowels and how diarrhea occurs.
Infant Diarrhea Diarrhea may arise from a minor infection or serious illness. It is dangerous in babies as they lose fluids rapidly and become dehydrated. Babies need to be persuaded to drink cooled, boiled water and for those above the age of 4 months, they can be fed diluted fruit juices. Mothers need to be alert to the signs of dehydration as this is a very serious condition caused by diarrhea.
Rotavirus Diarrhea/Child Care Rotavirus is one type of virus that causes diarrhea, especially in young children. It is a common cause of infection is a common cause of diarrhea in the child care setting. Rotavirus infection usually occurs during the winter months. Some children have no symptoms of rotavirus infection while others may have severe vomiting , watery diarrhea, and fever. In some instances, there may also be a cough or runny nose. Rotavirus diarrhea usually lasts from 4 to 6 days, but may last longer and cause intermittent diarrhea in children who have compromised immune systems.
Shigellosis in the Child Care Setting Shigellosis is a diarrheal illness caused by the Shigella group of bacteria. Infection is spread by the fecal-oral route. Only a few bacteria are needed to cause an infection and, unlike many of the diarrheal agents in child care settings, shigella may spread through groups of children who are toilet trained as well as through groups of children who are in diapers.
Zinc Reduces Pneumonia, Diarrhea in Children in Developing Countries A new report shows that zinc supplementation substantially lowers the occurrence of diarrhea and pneumonia, the leading causes of child death in the developing world. And although the study deals primarily with developing nations, it has relevance for Americans, according to one of its co-authors.