If NOT, try one of these:


Causes of Acute Diarrhea

Causes of Recurrent Diarrhea

Diarrhea Scale

Dehydration: How to Know

Diarrhea in Breastfed Babies: How to Tell

Diarrhea in Formula-Fed Infants: How to Tell

When to Call for Diarrhea

Call 911 Now

  • Not moving
  • Too weak or dizzy to stand
  • You think your child has a life-threatening emergency

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

  • Dehydration suspected. No urine in over 8 hours, dark urine, very dry mouth and no tears.
  • Blood in the stool
  • Constant stomach pain lasts over 2 hours
  • Vomits clear liquids 3 or more times
  • Age under 1 month with 3 or more diarrhea stools
  • Severe diarrhea. 10 or more watery stools in the last 24 hours.
  • Fever over 104° F (40° C)
  • Age under 12 weeks old with fever. Caution: Do NOT give your baby any fever medicine before being seen.
  • Weak immune system. (Such as sickle cell disease, HIV, cancer, organ transplant, taking oral steroids)
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • Moderate diarrhea. 6 or more watery stools in the last 24 hours.
  • Stomach pains that do not go away after each diarrhea stool
  • Loss of bowel control in a toilet trained child occurs 3 or more times
  • Fever lasts more than 3 days
  • Close contact with person or animal who has bacterial diarrhea
  • Contact with reptile (snake, lizard, turtle) in past 14 days
  • Travel to country at risk for diarrhea within past month
  • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Call Doctor During Office Hours

  • Diarrhea lasts more than 2 weeks
  • Loose stools are a frequent problem
  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Mild diarrhea (probably caused by a virus)
  • Diarrhea disease: how to prevent

Call 911 Now

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

Call Doctor During Office Hours

Self Care at Home


Care Advice for Diarrhea

Treatment for Mild Diarrhea

  1. What You Should Know About Diarrhea:
  2. Mild Diarrhea:
  3. Formula-Fed Babies With Frequent, Watery Diarrhea:
  4. Breastfed Babies with Frequent, Watery Diarrhea:
  5. Older Children (Age over 1 year old) With Frequent, Watery Diarrhea:
  6. Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS), such as Pedialyte:
  7. Probiotics:
  8. Fever Medicine:
  9. Diaper Rash - Prevention:
  10. Return to School:
  11. What to Expect:
  12. Call Your Doctor If:

Preventing Diarrhea Disease

  1. Safety Tips in All Countries:
  2. Extra Safety Tips in Developing Countries:
  3. Call Your Doctor If:

And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.


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