Children with diarrhea have to be evaluated much sooner than adults with diarrhea. If you have a child that has significant diarrhea and you’re unable to keep up with their fluid intake those patients should immediately be seen by their pediatrician, especially if there’s any signs of fever, weakness, lethargy, or if the child’s mood is changing because at that point, the patient may require IV fluids and may require hospitalization. If your child has an acute diarrhea, which means that it started within 24 hours, but you’re able to maintain that child on liquids and you’re able to maintain their fluid intake, medications such as acetaminophen or other over-the-counter child medications can be used to see if the diarrhea is able to be resolved within 24 to 48 hours. If after that point, the diarrhea continues, you should definitely see a physician in order to see if there’s any underlying tests that need to be done.
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