When to seek medical advice

Contact your doctor if your child is younger than 3 months and his or her diarrhea is accompanied by a fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher. For children over 3 months, seek medical care if the 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 several hours
  • Dry mouth or tearless crying
  • Unusual sleepiness or irritability
  • A sunken appearance to the abdomen, eyes or cheeks

Diarrhea

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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