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Diarrhea

Diarrhea often follows vomiting when children have a stomach bug. Again, this is almost always viral. There are no anti-diarrheal medications that are helpful in children. The only thing that may shorten the course of the illness is starting your child on a probiotic. Infant probiotics can be found at Whole Foods, and many pharmacies and grocery stores carry Culturelle for Kids. Be sure to monitor hydration if your child is having diarrhea. You should offer extra fluids throughout the day. Avoid excessively sugary foods/drinks as this will worsen symptoms. Diarrhea can often last as long as 2 weeks. Please let us know if your child has blood in the stool, or if diarrhea is lasting longer than 2 weeks in spite of probiotic use.

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