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Although frequent diarrhea is common among children, it can be difficult to determine exactly what's causing it.
Chronic diarrhea can have many causes, including:
Rare causes of chronic diarrhea also include:
In children, slower than normal growth or weight loss accompanying diarrhea may indicate that the stomach and intestine are having difficulty absorbing nutrients — common in cases of celiac disease or cystic fibrosis — while other problems may be more difficult to diagnose.
In children, particularly young children, diarrhea can sometimes lead to dehydration. This is especially true if the diarrhea is combined with a fever or vomiting or both. Call your doctor if your child's diarrhea doesn't improve after 24 hours or if your baby:
Jay L. Hoecker, M.D.
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