When to seek medical advice

Seek medical care if your child's diarrhea lasts more than 24 hours or if it's accompanied by:

  • Fever higher than 102 F (38.9 C)
  • Bloody or black stools
  • Severe abdominal or rectal pain
  • No wet diapers or urine production in eight hours
  • Dry skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Crying without tears
  • Unusual sleepiness or irritability
  • A sunken appearance to the abdomen, eyes or cheeks


Find possible causes of diarrhea based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

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