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diarrhea

overview

Almost everyone has had that terrible run to a restroom at some point in life. Diarrhea. It causes frequent loose, liquid-like stools, sometimes with stomach pain and cramping or bloating. Most cases of diarrhea pass quickly and aren’t harmful. 

Contact your doctor if diarrhea:

  • Lasts more than 2 days
  • Is accompanied by severe pain 
  • Produces bloody or black stools
  • Causes dehydration
  • Causes fever higher than 102° F (39° C)

risk factors

Causes of diarrhea include:

  • Bacteria or parasites from contaminated food or water
  • Certain viruses
  • Medications, including antibiotics
  • Difficulty digesting fructose, a natural sugar
  • Difficulty digesting lactose, found in dairy products
  • A sensitivity to artificial sweeteners
It’s important to keep a close eye on children who have diarrhea. If your child has diarrhea that lasts longer than 24 hours, if he or she also has a fever higher than 102° F (39° C), has bloody or black stools, is unusually sleepy, hasn’t urinated for 3 hours or cries without producing tears, call your pediatrician right away.

services & treatment

First, you’ll meet with your doctor for a physical exam. You’ll talk about your symptoms and then your doctor may order blood or stool tests. 

If you’re very dehydrated, you may need intravenous fluids. Your doctor may also recommend changing medications you normally take or foods you normally eat if they’re causing diarrhea. Our goal is to get you feeling better so you can get back to your daily routines.

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