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Alternative Names Return to topDiarrhea and babies
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Most diarrhea in children is short-lived, caused by a virus, and goes away on its own. Infants and young children (under age 3) can dehydrate quickly, so they should be watched very carefully. Call your pediatrician if:
Make sure the child gets plenty of liquids. Often, your pediatrician will recommend fluids that contain electrolytes. Follow the doctor's instructions. If you are nursing, the doctor will probably recommend that you continue nursing, possibly in addition to giving the child extra fluids.
See also: Diet for diarrhea
Talk to your pediatrician right away if there are signs of dehydration. If the infant develops signs of moderate or severe dehydration, he or she should be seen at once.
Signs of mild dehydration:
Signs of moderate dehydration:
Signs of severe dehydration: