Diarrhoea in children: Tips for treatment, from a doctor

Diarrhoea or passing loose stool is a common problem in kids in our country.

Dr Shishir Bhatnagar, consultant - paediatrics and neonatology, Cloudnine group of hospitals, explained, "If a child is passing stool that is watery more than three times and there is a change in the consistency of passing faeces, it is classified as diarrhoea. In our country, diarrhoea is a common killer."

Diarrhoea is caused by viruses and bacteria. There are different types of diarrhoea. Children particularly can be diagnosed with a specific type of the condition known as weaning diarrhoea, at around six to nine months, said Dr Bhatnagar.

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Viral conditions like fever or vomiting can be some signs of diarrhoea in children, the paediatrician informed. Diarrhoea can also be caused by bacterial infection that is either food-induced or water-induced.

The child passes a lot of stool and if the liquid intake is not replaced, it can lead to dehydration. A child should be given the correct re-hydrating solution, one that has water, some glucose and electrolytes. The child can also have tender coconut water and soups.