Diarrhea is the passage of loose, watery stools and usually is caused by a viral infection of the intestinal tract. When diarrhea in children is present, it is a signal that there is something affecting the intestinal tract.
At times, chronic diarrhea in children can also be present. During those times, Pediatrix normally recommends Pedialyte, which is an electrolyte solution which is made especially for infants. It may be purchased over the counter in the formula section of your drug store or supermarket. Your infant may take as much as he likes as long as there is no vomiting. Pediatrix normally reccomends Pedialyte for a short period to rest the stomach. Then the baby’s diet is gradually advanced.
If your child is having diarrhea but is happy, active, and has no blood or mucus in the stools, there’s not as much cause for concern. If diarrhea is associated with a high fever, listlessness, increased irritability and vomiting or decrease in urine output please contact the Pediatrix office.