Diarrhea in children is pretty common. But if it lasts for more than 2 weeks, it is considered as persistent or chronic diarrhea.
Causes of Diarrhea in Kids
Diarrhea is a type of stomach infection caused by virus, bacteria or parasite. A common virus that causes diarrhea in kids is rotavirus. Most of the babies these days are fans of soda drinks and other sugary beverages. When these sweet beverages overwhelm the gastrointestinal system, they also result in diarrhea.
But what about kids who do not indulge in too much of such drinks? The reason for diarrhea is not limited to these drinks. Allergies, side effect of any antibiotics, any other illness, and contaminated food can also lead to diarrhea.
Following are the reasons that lead to chronic diarrhea in children:
Symptoms of Persistent or Chronic Diarrhea
The main symptom of chronic diarrhea is loose and watery stools more than 3 times a day for 4 weeks. This may be accompanied by the following symptoms:
Treatment for Chronic Diarrhea
Usually diarrhea does not need any over-the-counter medications. Proper care at home can treat diarrhea. But chronic diarrhea can be dangerous if medical help is not taken at right time. Treatment of chronic or persistent diarrhea depends on its causes. Following are the causes and their treatments usually followed by the doctor:
Prevention of Chronic Diarrhea
It is always better to take precautions than to treat the illness. Following are the ways to prevent chronic diarrhea:
Follow these precautionary measures and safeguard your baby from the hazards of chronic diarrhea.
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