18 month old has had diarrhea for 3 days

Sara - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old has had diarrhea for the past 3 days. She spent the day with her grandparents and since then has had terrible diarrhea. It is not frequent, only 3 times a day, but it smells like rotten eggs! She is acting like her usual upbeat self, so the doc told me to make sure she stays hydrated. Just though someone would be able to help me out with a possible cause and some tips:)

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Tasauna - posted on 04/24/2010

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My 18 mo old just went thru same thing. She didn't eat anything new and only wanted to BF. On-call Doc told me there's something called Toddler Diarrhea and usually happens around this age. As w
quickly as it came on, it went away :) It lasted about 4 days and like ur baby it was about 3x a day. They told me as long as she wants to nurse and stays hydrated she'd be fine. Doc said it takes some kids awhile before it goes away. Hope this helps. :)

Erica - posted on 04/23/2010

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Diarrhea in Children

Children can have acute and chronic forms of diarrhea. Causes include bacteria, viruses, parasites, medications, functional bowel disorders, and food sensitivities. Infection with the rotavirus is the most common cause of acute childhood diarrhea. Rotavirus diarrhea usually resolves in 3 to 9 days. Children who are 6 to 32 weeks old can be vaccinated against the virus with a vaccine called Rotateq.

If your child has diarrhea, do not hesitate to call the doctor for advice. Diarrhea is especially dangerous in newborns and infants, leading to dehydration in just a day or two. A child can die from dehydration within a few days. The main treatment for diarrhea in children is rehydration to replace lost fluid quickly. See Dehydration.

Take your child to the doctor if there is no improvement after 24 hours or if any of the following symptoms appear:

stools containing blood or pus
black stools
a temperature above 102 degrees
signs of dehydration
Medications to treat diarrhea in adults can be dangerous for children and should only be given with a doctor’s guidance.

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Dehydration

Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which means the body has lost too much fluid and too many electrolytes and can’t function properly. Dehydration is particularly dangerous in children and in older adults and must be treated promptly to avoid serious health problems.

Signs of dehydration include

thirst
less frequent urination
dry skin
fatigue
light-headedness
dark-colored urine
Signs of dehydration in children include

dry mouth and tongue
no tears when crying
no wet diapers for 3 hours or more
sunken abdomen, eyes, or cheeks
high fever
listlessness or irritability
skin that does not flatten when pinched and released
If you suspect that you or your child is dehydrated, call the doctor immediately. Severe dehydration may require hospitalization.

Preventing Dehydration

The fluid and electrolytes lost during diarrhea need to be replaced promptly because the body cannot function without them. Electrolytes are the salts and minerals that affect the amount of water in your body, muscle activity, and other important functions.

Although water is extremely important in preventing dehydration, it does not contain electrolytes. Broth and soups that contain sodium, and fruit juices, soft fruits, or vegetables that contain potassium, help restore electrolyte levels. Over-the-counter rehydration solutions such as Pedialyte, Ceralyte, and Infalyte are also good electrolyte sources and are especially recommended for use in children.

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When should a doctor be consulted?

Diarrhea is not usually harmful, but it can become dangerous or signal a more serious problem. You should see the doctor if you experience any of the following:

diarrhea for more than 3 days
severe pain in the abdomen or rectum
a fever of 102 degrees or higher
blood in your stool or black, tarry stools
signs of dehydration
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I called our doc after a week and a half of diarrhea, after trying to adjust her diet and all the usual stuff. They suggested giving her Activia each day. Never would have thought of that for an 18 month old, but it was our magic bullet!

Allie - posted on 04/24/2010

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Is she getting any more teeth? My daughter just got 3 more recently. Diarrhea was always a sign that she was teething.

Amber - posted on 04/23/2010

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Probably just ate or drank something new there. Happens with my son with certain things too. He is lactose intolerant though so for him if he gets lactose in something we have diarrhea problems for awhile. Also seems to be affected by artificial sweetners and/or coloring. Another thing is if they get into to much fruit or something. So chances are you may want to ask the grandparents what all she ate over there.

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Kassie - posted on 04/24/2010

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Did you ask the grandparents what she had eater while she was with them? sometimes it's just a little bit of a spice they aren't used to that can lead to dijestive upsets. I'd put her back on her bland diet of Bananans, Rice, Applesauce and Tea and see if that calsm her down. Then tell the grans that a little exposure is ok, three days of the runs is not.
Best of luck!

Kassie

Tasauna - posted on 04/24/2010

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Oh yeah, doc also said to give her yogurt with live active cultures to replace lost bacteria in intestines.

Valeri - posted on 04/23/2010

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My Grandmother gave my son oranges and it was the biggest mess ever! I did not know they were sooo high in fiber. It took a couple days to clear up and we now stay away from oranges.

Michelle - posted on 04/23/2010

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She needs to have the Dr. tell her that though, you never want to assume anything.

Michelle - posted on 04/23/2010

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Not trying to make anyone frantic but that is way too long to let it go. Children under the age of 3 should not have diarrhea for more than 48 hours with out the attention of a Dr. The doctor will prob tell you the same thing, lots of fluids, lots of rest, but you sure wouldn't want to chance your child becoming dehydrated and very very ill. Please seek out your pediatrician.

Nicole - posted on 04/22/2010

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Is she teething? Teething will do some crazy things, including diarrhea...

Michelle - posted on 04/22/2010

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Another thought...did she happen to have any vaccines shortly before the visit? A side effect of the shots can be stomach upset. So it may not have been anything she ate at all.

Lena - posted on 04/20/2010

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Could possibly be a gastrointestinal virus. My daughter had similar issues. Her stools were nasty smelling and a bit whitish in color but otherwise very happy. After a doctor visit and stool samples she was positively diagnosed with adenovirus. It just ran its course and she was completely fine.

Anita - posted on 04/19/2010

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Diarrhea is possibly due to something your daughter was given to eat that she is not used to. Hopefully by now it has settled. My son loves yogurts but if he has chocolate yoyo he ends up with bad diarrhea so we have band that from the house.
Just make sure she gets plenty of fluids and stick to the foods she knows that do not upset her and if the problem continues go back to get her checked out by your GP.
Good luck

Maureen - posted on 04/12/2010

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Its probably something they gave your child thats all, like maybe chocolate milk, my daughter gets bad diarrhea from that. but she acts just fine....or they gave her cranberry juice or apple juice..

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