Diarrhea

Northlake Children's Associates, P.A.

Pediatric Care & Pediatricians located in Mooresville, NC

Diarrhea is a common gastrointestinal problem. However, if your child has chronic or severe diarrhea, their risk of dehydration increases, and could indicate an infection, allergy, or serious digestive condition. At Northlake Children’s Associates, PA, in Mooresville, North Carolina, Mary-Margaret James, MD, and Majé Goodwin, MD, provide expert treatment for diarrhea. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Diarrhea Q & A

What causes diarrhea?

The most common causes of diarrhea in children are viral and bacterial infections, such as the rotavirus and salmonella, although in rare cases, the culprit could be a parasite like giardia. Certain foods, such as dairy products, fruits, and artificial sweeteners can also trigger diarrhea. Medications like antibiotics can also cause diarrhea, as they disrupt the bacterial balance in your child’s digestive tract.

Diarrhea is a symptom of gastrointestinal diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. While these conditions are relatively rare, the symptoms are typically disruptive and can interfere with your child’s health and wellness.

When should I talk to a doctor about my child’s diarrhea?

If your child has diarrhea more than four times in eight hours, call the team at Northlake Children’s Associates. Similarly, if they complain of severe abdominal or rectal pain or make black or bloody stools, you should make an appointment with one of the expert pediatricians. You should also call the doctor if your child has a fever of 102 F or higher.

Your child’s risk of dehydration increases with diarrhea. If your child develops signs of dehydration, such as excessive thirst, dry mouth or tongue, dark urine, or seems weak or dizzy, call Northlake Children’s Associates. Dehydration is particularly dangerous for children and older adults, as well as people with compromised immune systems.

How is the cause of diarrhea diagnosed?

The pediatricians at Northlake Children’s Associates provide comprehensive consultations to diagnose the cause of diarrhea. They talk to you about your child’s personal and family medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms. In most cases, the doctors order blood and stool tests to identify the cause of your child’s diarrhea.

How is diarrhea treated?

The doctors at Northlake Children’s Associates provide customized treatments, depending on the condition causing your child’s diarrhea. For example, your pediatrician may prescribe an antibiotic or antiviral medication to help your child fight off an infection. They may also recommend treatments to replenish their fluids and reduce their risk of dehydration.

If your child has had diarrhea for more than a couple of days or is showing signs of dehydration, call Northlake Children’s Associates, or schedule a consultation online today.