Pediatric Specialists of Plano

Diarrhea is usually caused by a viral infection of the intestines, although occasionally by bacteria or parasites.  Diarrhea usually lasts from several days to weeks, thus maintenance of oral fluid intake is imperative.  Do not expect a quick return to solid stools.  Follow these recommendations:

Encourage Fluids: 

Infants- continue with formula or breast feeding unless instructed otherwise.  Do not dilute formula or restrict fluids.

Children- encourage small, frequent fluids, which may include water, Pedialyte, half strength Gatorade, popsicles, Sprite, or 7 Up.  Avoid milk for 2-3 days, which may aggravate the diarrhea.  Encourage a BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast), which may also inculde cereals, oatmeal, bread or crackers.


Treat with Tylenol as needed for fever greater than 100.5.

A lukewarm bath may also be helpful.

Warnings for Dehydration:

dry mouth, dry eyes, cold clammy extremities, rapid heart rate, poor oral intake, no urine output for more than 8 hours.  Call for further instructions if you see signs of dehydration or you have other questions or concerns.

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