Diarrhea Symptoms & Causes

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What are the symptoms of diarrhea in children?

The following are the most common symptoms of diarrhea. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Severe or chronic diarrhea may indicate a serious disease, making it important to consult your child's health care provider if any or all of the following symptoms persist:

  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Urgent need to use the restroom
  • Fever
  • Bloody stools
  • Dehydration
  • Incontinence

The symptoms of diarrhea may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's health care provider for a diagnosis.

What are the causes of diarrhea in children?

Diarrhea in children may be caused by a number of conditions, including the following:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Viral infection
  • Food intolerances or allergies
  • Parasites
  • Reaction to medications
  • An intestinal disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease
  • A functional bowel disorder, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • A result of surgery on the stomach or gallbladder

Many people suffer "traveler's diarrhea" caused by a bacterial infection or a parasite, or even food poisoning.

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