Most of the time, diarrhea in toddlers is not something to be concerned about or something that requires action. Most cases of diarrhea are simply due to the child eating a food that did not agree with him/her, and the diarrhea will usually pass in a day. Or a toddler could have a stomach virus that is causing short-term diarrhea. It is only when diarrhea lasts for more than a few days that parents should be concerned.
Diarrhea in toddlers is more worrisome than diarrhea for adults, mostly because smaller kids are more susceptible to dehydration. If the child’s body’s fluids are not replenished fast enough, then more serious health problems could develop. When diarrhea lasts longer than a day or two, a parent should investigate what may be causing it.
When a toddler has diarrhea that lasts for weeks on end, then it is really time to get serious. Chronic diarrhea is a terrible thing to have for any aged person, but especially a toddler. Many toddlers are unable to tell you what hurts their tummies, so parents must be vigilant about figuring out the source of the diarrhea. Before you do anything else, you need to see your child’s doctor. Chronic diarrhea lasting more than four weeks is usually a sign that something more serious is wrong, and it could be any number of things. Diarrhea is a symptom, not a disease, and that means that you need to look at what is causing your child’s body to expel everything that goes into it so fast. There are many causes of chronic diarrhea and your child’s doctor should help you figure out what is causing these chronic digestive symptoms.
At this point, it could be useful to keep track of everything your toddler is eating. Keeping a detailed food record will help you identify foods that might be causing the issue. Notifying your doctor of what foods tend to cause your toddler’s diarrhea or make the diarrhea in your toddler worse can help in the diagnosis of the issue. If you notice that your child has diarrhea after eating bread or foods with gluten, he or she may have Celiac’s disease. If the diarrhea tends to follow sugary foods, he or she may have Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID). The bottom line is that chronic diarrhea in toddlers may point to a serious condition and your child’s doctor should be informed. Together, parents and doctors can help to fix the problem of chronic diarrhea in toddlers.