It’s a symptom rather than an illness in itself, consisting of watery bowel movements, often accompanied by cramping. The child will need to poo more often, and may feel an uncomfortably urgent need to go.

What to do

Keep a child with diarrhoea well hydrated by giving regular, small amounts of rehydration mixture. A breast or bottle-fed baby will want to feed for shorter times more frequently, because diarreoah makes her thirsty. If your child seems very unwell, is vomiting as well or seems in severe pain, get a doctor to assess her. Dehydration is a serious problem for small children, so rather be cautious and get help if diarrheoa lasts longer than a day.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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