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Chronic Diarrhea in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is chronic diarrhea?

Diarrhea is chronic when it lasts more than 4 weeks. Your child may have 3 or more episodes of diarrhea each day.

What causes chronic diarrhea?

What signs and symptoms may happen with chronic diarrhea?

How is chronic diarrhea diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine your child and ask you about his or her symptoms. Tell the provider if your child has symptoms after he or she eats certain foods. Tell the provider if your child has travelled recently or been around others with the same symptoms. Your child may need the following tests:

How is chronic diarrhea treated?

Treatment will depend on the condition causing your child's chronic diarrhea. Medicines may be given to treat an infection or stop the diarrhea. Medicines that are causing diarrhea may be stopped or changed. Your child may need to change his or her diet and avoid certain foods.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage my child's symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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