What is diarrhea? Diarrhea is loose, watery stools. Having diarrhea means passing loose stools three or more times a day. Acute diarrhea is a common problem that usually lasts 1 or 2 days and goes away on its own. Diarrhea lasting more than 2 days may be a sign of a more serious problem. Chronic diarrhea—diarrhea that lasts at least 4 weeks—may be a symptom of a chronic disease. Chronic diarrhea symptoms may be continual or they may come and go. Diarrhea of any duration may cause dehydration, which means the body lacks enough fluid and electrolytes—chemicals in salts, including

Digestive Tract. Children’s Problems and Solutions

Parents need to know two basic principles of gastrointestinal tract management: 1. If you don’t like what comes out – change what goes in. 2. Treat symptoms as information. When the gastrointestinal tract complains, adjust your child’s food intake until the complaints disappear. The most common infant digestive problems are colic constipation diarrhea. All three may occur together. All three are likely to be food-related. The “irritable” or reactive bowel syndrome begins in infancy with colic, bloating, regurgitation, vomiting and diarrhea. Colic in infancy is abdominal pain with the attendant emotional distress of the infant and his parents. Jenkins et

Diarrhea Causes and Treatments

The Basics of Diarrhea Diarrhea describes bowel movements (stools) that are loose and watery. It is very common and usually not serious. Many people will have diarrhea once or twice each year. It typically lasts two to three days and can be treated with over-the-counter medicines. Others have diarrhea often as part of irritable bowel syndrome or other chronic diseases of the large intestine. Doctors classify diarrhea as “osmotic,” “secretory,” or “exudative.” Osmotic diarrhea means that something in the bowel is drawing water from the body into the bowel. A common example of this is “dietetic candy” or “chewing gum”


Diarrhea facts •    Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency of bowel movements, an increase in the looseness of stool or both. •    Diarrhea is caused by increased secretion of fluid into the intestine, reduced absorption of fluid from the intestine or rapid passage of stool through the intestine. •    Diarrhea can be defined absolutely or relatively. Absolute diarrhea is defined as more than five bowel movements a day or liquid stools. Relative diarrhea is defined as an increase in the number of bowel movements per day or an increase in the looseness of stools compared with an individual’s usual

Diarrhea-When Digestion is Rushed

Only the common cold keeps more people home from school or the workplace more than diarrhea. Health officials estimate that there are over one hundred million cases of acute diarrhea annually just in the United States. Diarrhea is the passage of a watery, loose stool that can have accompanying pressure, gas, bloating, and cramps. Diarrhea can come on all of a sudden and be gone in a few days, or it can linger as a symptom of a worse problem. Dehydration brought about by a bout with diarrhea is a serious matter in the very young and the very old,