Diarrhea

Diarrhea is watery poop (stool). The most common cause of diarrhea is a germ. Other causes include:

  • Food poisoning.

  • A reaction to medicine.

HOME CARE

  • Drink clear fluids. This can stop you from losing too much body fluid (dehydration).

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Avoid solid foods and dairy products until you start to feel better. Then start eating bland foods, such as:

  • Bananas.

  • Rice.

  • Crackers.

  • Applesauce.

  • Dry toast.

  • Avoid spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol.

  • Your doctor may give medicine to help with cramps and watery poop. Take this as told. Avoid these medicines if you have a fever or blood in your poop.

  • Take your medicine as told. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • The watery poop lasts longer than 3 days.

  • You have a fever.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 100.5° F (38.1° C) or higher for more than 1 day.

  • There is blood in your poop.

  • You start to throw up (vomit).

  • You lose too much fluid.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.