Toddler or infant diarrhea refers to loose, watery frequent bowel motions (stools, poop, poo) - you know what I'm talking about.
Most diarrhea is acute and lasts a few days to 2 weeks. This is very common in infants and toddlers - read more.
Diarrhea that lasts 4 weeks or more is considered chronic diarrhea. Chronic diarrhea may be an indication that there is a problem with your child - read more.
There are different causes for acute and chronic diarrhea and there are sections for each below.
The most common cause of acute toddler or infant diarrhea is a viral infection.
The common virus causing diarrhea is rotavirus but other viruses can also cause diarrhea, even viruses that cause respiratory tract infections.
When your child has a viral infection causing diarrhea, it is called gastroenteritis and there may be associated vomiting - read more
When your child has acute diarrhea the important thing is to keep her fluids up and ensure she doesn't get dehydrated. To read about the signs of dehydration, click here.
Chronic toddler or infant diarrhea refers to diarrhea that has persisted beyond 4 weeks. It is important to make sure your child isn't becoming dehydrated with the diarrhea - read more.
As long as your child isn't dehydrated, the important thing to note is whether she is growing normally.
Malabsorption can make the stools smelly and they can look greasy. If your child has very smelly loose frequent stools (poop, poo) and is not growing well, you need to see your doctor for further investigation.
Malabsorption can be caused by a number of diseases including:
Last reviewed on 26 May 2011
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