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Diarrhea

Diarrhea refers to the passing of more than 8-10 watery stools in any one 24-hour period. What to do: 

Infant: 

  • If breastfeeding, continue breastfeeding – small frequent feeds. 
  • If formula feeding, Pedialyte should be given until no vomiting for 6 hours. Then restart formula using soy or lactose free (Similac Sensitive) 


Older Children: 

  • Offer clear liquids such as Pedialyte or Gatorade (use powdered type added to water which tastes better) followed by a modified B.R.A.T. diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast or crackers, pastas, or lean protein such as chicken) for 24 hours. Resume a regular diet, but limit milk or milk products (except yogurt which is a recommended food for diarrhea) for 1-2 weeks. 


Call us immediately if: 

  • There is a large amount of blood mixed with the stool. 
  • If there is vomiting with signs of dehydration (no urination in 8 hours or a dry sticky mouth or tongue). 
  • The child appears especially ill. 


Call us promptly during regular office hours if: 

  • The diarrhea has lasted longer than 3 days with more than 8 stools per day. 
  • The fever is 101° or greater for more than three days. 
  • There are streaks of blood in the stool.