My 2 1/2yr old has really bad diarrhea. How do I get rid of it?

Soky - posted on 02/21/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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She has been having diarrhea for the past few days and yesterday and today its sooo watery. What can we do to stop it? Shes been complaing that her tummy hurts but shes fine after she goes. But its like every 20 min she would go potty and leave really watery loose stools....



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Catherine - posted on 02/21/2011

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I'm sorry your daughter isn't feeling well. I do agree with Katrina that a trip to the doctor is warranted as this has been going on for a few days. Chances are, it's a stomach bug, and if it's viral (which most are) there's not much you can do. You should make sure to keep her hydrated (Pedialyte if she'll drink it, water if she won't). You should also feed her the BRATY diet (Bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, and yogurt). All those food help solidify things, plus yogurt naturally has probiotics which can help with digestive health. Also, some people say you should avoid all dairy products except for the yogurt as people can become temporarily lactose intolerant when the already have diarrhea. Good luck!

Katrina - posted on 02/21/2011

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First thing you need to do is find out the cause! go to your doctor and take a sample (gross I know) but then it can be analysed to make sure it is not a viral or bacterial infection. Lots of illnesses have diarreha as a symtom and some are easily fixed where as others can be very serious and life threatening! Plus dehydration is a huge problem with diarrhea and can be life threatening and the doc can give stuff to help combat this. If all tests come back clear then you need to look at possible food allergies. Has your child had any new foods lately? My first guess with this is prob gardia which is a water born bug and very nasty and needs medication to kill. Get to your doctor today!!!!!!! To marny dys of this and her health could be comprermised already!!!!!!!!!!

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