Chronic Diarrhea in Children: How to Deal with the Issue
Chronic Diarrhea in Children
Chronic diarrhea in children can be dangerous – it can lead to organ shock and other systems’ failure if left untreated. You need to be calm and not panicky when dealing with the issue but you also need to know the right action and measurement so it doesn’t go overboard. What are the smart systems to figure it out
Chronic Diarrhea in Children: Understanding the Issue
Before talking about chronic diarrhea in children, let’s get a straight fact about the condition first. When your stool is water and loose and you have to go several times within a day, you are suffering from a diarrhea. Diarrhea itself is the body’s natural mechanism to remove toxins from the body so you should expect your condition to improve after a day or two, without having to take any medical treatment. However, if the condition continues to happen for more than three weeks (although it may come in an on-and-off manner), it is confirmed that you are suffering from a chronic diarrhea.
Diarrhea can cause dehydration, and dehydration is super sensitive for infants and kids. When you are suffering from a diarrhea, your body will lose a lot of electrolytes and fluids – leading to imbalances and improper functioning. If your kids suffer from chronic diarrhea within 24 hours, seek medical treatment right away – especially if it is accompanied by fever. Such a diarrhea can lead to organ damage and shock in kids.
Chronic Diarrhea in Children: The Major Cause
Kids are active creatures who roam around so finding the exact cause of the diarrhea can be quite tricky. But the most common causes are:
- Foods sensitive or allergies, especially to a certain type
- Too much juice or fruits
- Antibiotics usage or other types of medication
- Changes in diets
In severe diarrhea cases, the cause can be parasites, bacterial infection, IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), malnutrition, viral infection, poor hygiene, and improper manner in food preparation. Traveler’s diarrhea to kids is also possble when you are traveling to foreign lands with your kids – generally caused by contaminated food or water.
The symptoms of diarrhea in kids are usually watery and loose stools accompanied by fever or congestion. Mind you that most infants have loose stools. But if the condition happens suddenly and accompanied by other signs, get your kids checked. The other signs may include dehydration, nausea, chills and fever, bowel control loss, and abdominal pain.
Another sign of chronic diarrhea in children is the dehydration which is visible through the sunken cheeks, dry mouth, dry skin, fatigue, dry eyes, and the absence of tears when crying. Another obvious sign is when you pinch the skin, it takes quite a while to get back to the original condition. Moreover, if your kids don’t urinate in 8 hours or more, go to doctor immediately.
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Chronic Diarrhea in Children: The Treatment
The most important thing before getting the treatment is to dehydrate them. Have them drink a lot of water and avoid foods that can trigger the issue (especially the veggies and fruits). As long as they have enough water and food, and they don’t refuse any meal, don’t be too alarmed. If you suspect that some foods may be the trigger of the problem, stay away from them for a while. Don’t forget to always wash your hands before you are caring for them, including when you are feeding them or after every bowel movement. Go to the doctor and don’t give them over the counter medicines. Make sure to have the doctor check the condition to confirm the severity of chronic diarrhea in children.
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