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:
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.
Pediatric Specialists of Plano