Ing.Jhonatan Martinez , , Medicine
Eng Course- Combat and Prevent Diarrhea- Download Free PDF
What is diarrhea?
Diarrhea is the sudden increase in the looseness and number of bowel movements (BMs) or stools. It has
many causes. The most common cause is a virus.
Diarrhea can be mild (a few loose or mushy stools) to severe (constant watery stools).
A green stool is from the very quick passage of contents through the stomach and intestines.
What problems can diarrhea cause?
The real danger of diarrhea is that it can cause your child to become dehydrated (dried out). Your child
may also have a mild fever or vomiting (throwing up). A child with vomiting, fever and diarrhea may
become dehydrated more quickly.
What is dehydration?
Dehydration happens when the body loses too much water. Signs of dehydration include things such as:
- No urine in six hours in an infant younger than 12 months old
- No urine in more than eight hours in a child older than 12 months old
- No tears when crying
- Sunken eyes
- Dry lips and mouth