Diarrhea Treatment Specialist in Honolulu, HI
If your child is experiencing belly pain, frequent vomiting, visit our clinic for their treatment. Call our team of professionals at Island Medical & Beauty Clinic or visit us online to book an appointment.
Table of Contents:
What are the symptoms of diarrhea?
What are the complications of diarrhea?
When should my child see a doctor for diarrhea?
How is diarrhea treated in children?
Diarrhea is usually identified as a loose and watery bowel movement that may be combined with some frequency. It may present itself with other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or even weight loss.
Normally, diarrhea is short-lived and doesn’t last more than a few days. If you encounter a case of diarrhea that lasts more than a few days, even into weeks, it will indicate that there is another problem. If the case persists, it is recommended that you get medical help. Island Medical and Beauty Clinic in Honolulu can help.
Diarrhea has symptoms that most people are familiar with. The loose and watery stool seems to happen too often for some. There are other signs and symptoms that can accompany this, however. These may include: nausea, vomiting, bloating, abdominal cramps or pain, fever, mucus in the stool, blood in the stool, or the urgent need for a bowel movement.
Diarrhea can be caused by many things. It can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Sometimes it can be caused by food intolerances or food allergies. Parasites are sometimes the cause and can enter the body through food or water. There are medical conditions that can be the cause, such as inflammatory bowel disease. Other health problems can be the cause, as well as medications that are being taken.
Diarrhea can cause complications that can be life-threatening. Dehydration is the most common and is particularly dangerous in children and older adults. It can also be cause for concern in people with weakened immune systems. If you have signs of severe dehydration, seek help.
Since dehydration is of such concern with diarrhea it is important to watch for these signs and symptoms:
– Dry mouth or skin
– Excessive thirst
– Weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness
– Little or no urination
– Dark-colored urine
Diarrhea will probably happen in your child. It is something that needs to be watched to make sure that it doesn’t become serious. Things to watch out for in children are:
– If your child does not have a wet diaper in three or more hours.
– If your child has a dry mouth and tongue.
– If they are running a fever that is above 102F.
– If your child cries and has no tears.
– If your child is drowsy, unresponsive or irritable.
– If your child looks sunken in the abdomen, cheeks or eyes.
If your child is less than 6 months old the following signs and symptoms should also be watched:
– If your child is experiencing belly pain, frequent vomiting or doesn’t want to drink liquids.
– If your child has frequent bouts of diarrhea or blood in their stool. If they are showing weight loss or extreme thirst. Also, if the soft spot on your baby’s head is sunken, this is a sign to be concerned about.
Should you see these signs and symptoms, it is strongly recommended that you contact your healthcare provider.
Treatment for diarrhea in your child will depend on their age, their general health and the symptoms that they are showing. The severity of their case of diarrhea is also a factor.
Dehydration is always the biggest concern with diarrhea. Replacement of fluids will be a priority. If it is determined that the cause of the diarrhea is a bacterial infection, then antibiotics may be prescribed.
Children should be encouraged to drink lots of fluids. If your child is showing signs of dehydration, offer them drinks that are glucose-electrolyte solutions. These will offer the correct balance of water, sugar and salts.
It is best to avoid sodas and juices, which can make diarrhea worse. Do not give plain water to your baby and don’t give too much to children of any age, as this can make the condition worse. If you are breastfeeding your baby, keep doing so. Babies who are breastfed usually have less diarrhea. If you are feeding your baby formula, continue to do so.
Keeping your child hydrated is key when dealing with diarrhea. We serve patients from Honolulu HI, Halawa HI, Aiea HI, Pearl City HI, and Village Park HI.
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