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What treatment should be taken for watery clumpy diarrhea for a 2 year old ?

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Hi, my 2 year old has had diarrhea for 8 days, she is going 2 times a day every 12 hours. It's watery, with clumpy stringy mucus in the diarrrhea. What can this be. she is acting normal and has an appetite.
Posted Wed, 11 Apr 2012 in Digestion and Bowels
 
 
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 10 minutes later
Hello,

Thanks for posting your query. Diarrhea in children is usually brought on by gastrointestinal (GI) infections caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites. Most likely it is viral diarrhea.

The main motive of treatment is prevention of dehydration. Preventing or treating dehydration in infants focuses on replacing lost fluid and electrolytes (sodium and potassium). Administering special fluids by mouth (oral rehydration therapy) is the most effective way of doing this.

You can give oral rehydration treatments (such as Pedialyte or Infalyte) and they are available OTC in pharmacies or grocery stores. Rehydration fluids have a brief shelf life. Once a bottle has been opened or a mix prepared, it must be used or thrown out within 24 hours because bacteria rapidly grow in the solution.

If she is behaving normal and has normal appetite then there is nothing much to worry about. Gradually give her BRAT diet (i.e. bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) or soft easily digestible semisolid diet and whitegrape juice.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.




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Follow-up: What treatment should be taken for watery clumpy diarrhea for a 2 year old ? 1 hour later
How long will the diarrhea last, its been 8 days? Can she drink milk and eat her normal diet?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 5 hours later
Hello,

Thanks for writing back.

How long diarrhea lasts will depend a lot on what is causing it. Usually in children it lasts for 1-10 days. But if it persists for 2 weeks or more then chronic diarrhea should be evaluated from a pediatrician.

Avoid milk and milk based products and give her yoghurt or curd instead. Also avoid caffeinated, or sugary drinks. Apart from fluids, gradually give light and easy to digest foods like rice, wheat, breads, potatoes, low-sugar cereals and lean meats.

If the symptoms are severe then you daughter may add antidiarrhea medications along with antibiotics. However most of the cases are manageable with adequate fluids and light foods.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Regards

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