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Toddler suffering from persisting diarrhea. Oily and watery stools. Taking pedialyte. What is causing this?

My toddler has diarrhea still, one week after he initially got sick. He already went to his doctor and she said that he may continue to have it until it passes through his system, but I am wondering how long is too long. He first got sick last Sunday (over a week ago) and threw up twice that day as well. He has had some normal bowel movements in between, but also keeps having oily or watery ones sometimes. He has been drinking Pedialyte all week too, so is there any reason that that would be affecting his stomach? Thank you for any information you can provide.
Asked On : Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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You have not mentioned the exact age of your toddler and about the frequency of loose stools.
Yo have not mentioned about his activity and other food items you give him.

Any increase in frequency and fluidity of stools is called Diarrhea.
Usually more than thrice a day is abnormal.
And usually viral diarrhea settle by a week.

Since its almost 14 days now, if diarrhea persists, you need to modify his diet.
If his intake is good and he is not dehydrated, you may stop Pedialyte.

Give him rice based food, Mashed potato, Banana etc.
Give him lot of curd- it contains probiotic bacteria naturally and very good during diarrheal episodes.
You may temporarily stop cow`s milk and fruit juices.

You may also give him probiotic sachets available (Econorm, Bifilac etc)
After he is fine, you may slowly switch over to his normal diet.

If he still continues to purge, take him to your Pediatrician again.

Hope my answer helps you.
Wish a speedy recovery for your kid.
Answered: Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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