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Diarrhea in Infants

Alternate Names : Infantile Diarrhea, Infant Diarrhea

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Diarrhea is a condition in which loose, watery stools are passed with greater frequency than normal.

What is going on in the body?

Diarrhea occurs when the colon or large intestine becomes irritated. This can be caused by many things, including infection, chemical toxins, inflammation, stress, or anxiety. The colon responds to this irritation in the following ways:

  • increases the amount of water and mucous in the stool
  • increases the frequency of emptying the stools from the body
  • decreases the amount of water it reabsorbs from the stool
  • What are the causes and risks of the condition?

    Most of the time, diarrhea in children is caused by the viruses that cause gastroenteritis. Diarrhea is often associated with vomiting. Following are other causes of diarrhea:

  • bacteria that invade the intestinal tract
  • gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • inherited birth defects such as cystic fibrosis
  • introduction of a new food
  • toxins from contaminated food


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    Diarrhea in Infants: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Eric Berlin, MD
    Date Reviewed: 08/06/01

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