Chronic Diarrhea in Children
Diarrhea happens to all children, but it's important to know when it's just a normal case and when it's something more. Chronic diarrhea, when diarrhea continues or comes and goes for more than four weeks, can signal a number of more serious diseases. Chronic diarrhea can be a symptom of infections, gastrointestinal disorders, food allergies or intolerance or even diabetes.
If your child's diarrhea lasts longer than 24 hours or keeps coming back, it's time to talk to your doctor. Discovering the cause behind the diarrhea is the best way to find a treatment. Our pediatric gastroenterologists get your little one's tummy feeling better and put your mind at ease.
Treatments for Chronic Diarrhea in Children
If your child's diarrhea has become recurrent or persistent, we have the tools to track down and treat the cause. Simple tests with one of our specialists can help you find the source, and our gastroenterologists will be with you every step of the way as you explore the best treatment to bring relief for your child.
Parasitic infections may require special medicine. Gastrointestinal disorders and allergy or intolerance for foods may need just a change in diet. An important part of proper treatment will include keeping our team up to date on any use of dietary supplements, probiotics and other alternative medicine practices so that your doctor has a full picture of your child’s diet and needs.
Get started here. Call a gastroenterologist for more information or ask your pediatrician to make a referral to one of our specialists.
Antibiotics may be needed for children who have weakened immune systems and get diarrhea from a bacterial intestinal illness.
Anti-parasitic medicine will usually cure parasitic infections like Giardia or Cryptosporidium.
Changes in Diet
If your child's diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems are due to a food allergy or intolerance, you may need to eliminate or cut back on those foods. Our specialists can help you navigate this new diet and discover the best options for your child.
If a child becomes dehydrated from diarrhea, hospitalization may be necessary so that IV fluids can be administered.