This page deals with the toddler diarrhea where a toddler always has diarrhea but is growing normally. For a sudden increase in your toddler's stool frequency or sudden loose stools (poop, poo), the problem is likely to be gastroenteritis - read more.
It refers to a benign condition in toddlers where they have loose frequent stools (poop, poo) most of the time. Toddler's diarrhea is not uncommon but luckily is not serious.
It varies in consistency. Sometimes it is very loose and sometimes it is quite formed. Often you will see undigested vegetables in the stool (poop, poo).
Often toddlers are drinking a lot and this combined with an immature gut system probably accounts for the diarrhea.
Toddler diarrhea does not cause weight loss or poor growth, so if your child is growing normally, you shouldn't be concerned. Despite the fact that you are very aware of the diarrhea!!, your toddler will seem completely well.
You don't need to do anything other than reduce the amount of juice your toddler is drinking.
The only treatment I would advise trying if you want to treat the diarrhea is a probiotic, like Lactobacillus acidophilus - read more. Probiotics are also found in yoghurt with live cultures.
Most toddlers "grow out" of the diarrhea by about 5 years of age.
See your doctor if:
Lissauer T, Clayden G. Illustrated Textbook of Peadiatrics. Mosby 1999.
Last reviewed 29 May 2011
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