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I have a two year old with diarrhea X 5 days ... afebrile ...

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I have a two year old with diarrhea X 5 days ... afebrile ... otherwise acting normally ... diarrhea is very watery with up to 14 episodes per day ... are there any home remedies that can be used ??? Dehydration is currently not an issue ... have tried yogurt with probiotics for 2 days without significant improvement
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Doctor Natasha replied 6 years ago.

Doctor Cameron :


Doctor Cameron :

why do you think that dehydration is not an issue?

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Expert:  Doctor Natasha replied 6 years ago.
I see that you are offline. Traditionally it was recommended that children have the BRAT diet- bread, rice, applesauce, toast. However, BRAT diet foods are low in fiber, protein, and fat, the diet lacks enough nutrition to help a child's gastrointestinal tract recover. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that kids resume eating a normal, well-balanced diet appropriate for their age within 24 hours of getting sick. That diet should include a mix of fruits, vegetables, meat, yogurt, and complex carbohydrates.

So, bananas are great to help thicken up the stool, but it is very important that he keeps up with his hydration. He may need pedialyte, or another type of oral rehydration. Bulking agents, such as starches, fresh fruits, and vegetables sometimes help create more solid stool. Fruit juices can loosen stool.

Go to the ER if he has:
Your child is much less active than normal (not sitting up at all or looking around)
Diarrhea contains blood or mucus
Diarrhea is accompanied by multiple vomiting episodes, fever, or abdominal cramping
Dry and sticky mouth
Has not urinated for 6 hours
No tears when crying
Sunken eyes

Call your pediatrician if:
Diarrhea is severe, or lasts longer than 2 to 3 days
Diarrhea keeps returning, or the child is losing weight

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Sorry ... don't know how your site works ... I didn't mean to accept thus closing the chat ... I don't think dehyrdation is an issue as he has moist mucous membranes ... good skin turgor at the belly ... tears when he cries ... good oral intake of fluids
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
His stool is "soupy" though ... has a significant diaper rash with skin being raw ...