Diarrhea Treatment Specialist in Winter Park FL
Diarrhea in children is quite common and is frequently caused by viral gastroenteritis. Children are especially prone to dehydration caused by diarrhea and may get very ill. Seek medical attention immediately if your child has been suffering from diarrhea for longer than a few days and shows signs of dehydration. At Kidswood Paediatrics, our board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Zully Ambroise M.D. provides comprehensive, quality care for children. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are located at 1680 Lee Rd, Winter Park, FL 32789.
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Diarrhea is loose, watery, and often frequent bowel movements. This is a common problem that can be alone or combined with other symptoms, such as vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, or weight loss.
Diarrhea is normally short-lived. It will usually only last a few days. If diarrhea lasts longer than a few days and stretches into a week or longer, it is a symptom of another problem. It can be a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or more serious disorders, such as celiac disease, persistent infection, or inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD).
The signs and symptoms of diarrhea include:
– Abdominal pain or cramps
– Mucus in the stool
– Blood in the stool
– Urgent need for a bowel movement.
Diarrhea can cause dehydration. This can be life-threatening if left untreated. Dehydration is especially dangerous in children, older adults, or people with weakened immune systems. If you see signs of dehydration in your child, seek medical help.
Here are some things to look for in your child or infant to tell if they may be experiencing dehydration:
– If they are not having a wet diaper for more than three hours
– Dry mouth and tongue
– Crying without tears
– Fever above 102F
– Drowsiness, irritability, or unresponsiveness
– Sunken appearance to the eyes, cheeks, or the abdomen
There are many things that can cause diarrhea. They can range from intolerances to viruses, medications, and other health concerns.
Here is a list of some things that can cause diarrhea:
– Viruses, such as the Norwalk virus, enteric adenoviruses, and others. Rotavirus can cause acute diarrhea in children. The COVID-19 virus has also been associated with diarrhea.
– Bacteria and parasites are often caused. E. coli parasites are a common cause. Clostridioides difficile is another type of bacteria that causes diarrhea.
– Mediations such as antibiotics. Antibiotics will kill dangerous bacteria, but they also kill good bacteria that are needed for balance in the intestines.
– Lactose intolerance has diarrhea as one of its symptoms.
– Fructose can be difficult for some people to digest. Those who have a difficult time digesting fructose will often get diarrhea.
– Artificial sweeteners, like orbital, mannitol, and erythritol are known to cause diarrhea.
– Surgery of the gallbladder or partial intestine can sometimes cause diarrhea.
– Digestive disorders have diarrhea as a symptom, those most likely to are Crohn’s disease, IBS, IBD, ulcerative colitis microscopic colitis, celiac disease, and small intestinal bacterial growth (SIBO).
Children that get viral diarrhea will have a fever and may vomit. It isn’t long after these symptoms show that children get diarrhea. The most essential part of dealing with diarrhea in children is preventing them from becoming dehydrated. Call your child’s doctor if there are any signs and symptoms that are listed above.
Also, call your child’s doctor if your child has diarrhea and any of these additional symptoms:
– Bloody stools
– Fever that lasts for more than 24-48 hours
– Vomiting that lasts more than 12-24 hours
– Vomit that is greenish in color, tinged with blood or appears to have coffee grounds in it (blood in vomit often looks like coffee grounds).
– Will not eat or drink
– Abdomen that looks swollen
– Severe abdominal pain
– Rash or jaundice coloration in the skin or eyes.
Children who are dealing with diarrhea can be treated by:
– Mild diarrhea without vomiting will often go away in a couple of days. They will not need electrolyte solutions and do not need to change their diet.
– Mild diarrhea with vomiting will require a change in diet for your child. Electrolyte solutions are recommended in small amounts until the vomiting stops. When the vomiting has stopped your child can slowly resume a normal diet.
– Severe diarrhea will require your doctor’s help. Children with ongoing watery bowel movements and signs of dehydration are considered to have severe diarrhea.
Please call us to find out about our practice and practitioners. We are located at 1680 Lee Rd, Winter Park, FL 32789. We serve patients from Winter Park FL, Goldenrod FL, Lockhart FL, Maitland FL, Apopka FL, Casselberry FL, Oviedo, FL, and surrounding areas. We serve patients from Winter Park FL, Lockhart FL, Casselberry FL, Maitland FL, Apopka FL, Goldenrod FL, and Oviedo, FL.