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6 Tips about Diarrhea in Infants & Children

Learn about diarrhea in infants and children from gastroenterologist Lisa Ganjhu, M.D. in this Howcast video about stomach problems.

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So diarrhea in infants and children can be kind of dangerous because the little ones really can't tell you how dehydrated they are and they really can't tell you what's happening. So it's important to rehydrate the babies with some Pedialyte and really watch how their behavior is. And talk to their doctor to help advise you on what medications that are safe to give the kids to help control their diarrhea. Diarrhea in infants and children are fairly common because their digestive tracts are very young and the subtlest things can really set off their digestive tracts. So you really have to watch them carefully and manage them very carefully. The cornerstone is hydrating the kids because they're not going to tell you they're thirsty. They may fight you with hydrating so getting Pedialyte, freezing some ice pops, tricking them into drinking water, tricking them into drinking the rehydration solution's really the cornerstone. And making sure you talk to their doctors and they should help to advise you on what medications are safe to give the kids to help them through this bout of diarrhea.

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