Diarrhea in Child

Diarrhea is one of the ways a child's body fights infection, in a response to a virus, a food toxin, or food allergy or sensitivity. Diarrhea can occur many times a day. A child's intestine increases its wavelike peristalsis activity and often gurgling can be heard. As a result water and increased bowel movements are created. When a child has diarrhea the nature, consistency and color are important- so do look in the toilet or diaper.

Many causes of diarrhea exist including breast-feeding; children who are breast-fed have many soft bowel movements a day and often pass stool every time they eat. Twelve or more bowel movements a day is okay in lieu of diarrhea. Of course bottle fed babies do not have as many bowel movements a day and even one or two bowel movements is not diarrhea. Often children get diarrhea and it is not a medical emergency or an indication of an illness, especially mild diarrhea which can be contributed to diet, how food is chewed, and how much is taken in.

Many things can cause diarrhea, often times food poisoning, allergies, (milk as an example) also getting upset, nervous and eating too much food that you are not used to. Other causes in children are infections caused by viruses, bacteria and even parasites. A child can contract such a diarrhea infection in a day care center or a school. Teens trying to lose weight may take too many laxatives can result in diarrhea. Diarrhea from medications is common, especially antibiotics, commonly those prescribed for ear infections. While powerful and beneficial they are prone to making the intestines irritable, sensitive and in some individuals result in diarrhea.

Drinking contaminated water that is containing bacteria and parasites is extremely common in locations that do not have stringent health/hygiene laws. Cholera outbreaks are reported in Mexico and Central America. These bacteria found in water and foods washed in contaminated water are a deadly dehydrating cause diarrhea. Any excess diarrhea will cause dehydration and even muscle loss. Often times you have not traveled, but catching an infection from someone who has is possible and can be a cause of your diarrhea. Concern, especially in children is the case in which they become dehydrated, this is one of the most severe complications of diarrhea. It happens more quickly if the child is vomiting along with frequent loose, watery bowel movements.

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