When to seek medical advice

Contact your doctor immediately if your child is younger than 3 months and his or her diarrhea is accompanied by a fever.

For children over 3 months, seek medical care if the diarrhea lasts more than 24 to 48 hours, particularly if it's accompanied by:

  • Fever
  • 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 in children

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

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