February 03, 2008,
S.H. asks from Madison, AL on January 31, 2008
2 Yr Old with Diarrhea
My daughter (almost 2) has had diarrhea for a few days. I think it started Sunday, only once. Then Tuesday the daycare said she had it 2 or 3 times, and again yesterday. They said she had to go 24 hours with no diarrhea before she can go back to daycare. So I was home with her today and she had it 3 times throughout the day.
She has not had a fever. She still eats & drinks pretty well & has never been fussy or complained about the diarrhea when I take her to the potty. She still gets excited & proud that she is pooping in the potty! I believe she is just teething because she occasionally cries and bites on her fingers (or more accurately, her fist) and acknowledges that her mouth hurts when we ask.
So my question is, how long is too long for a 2 yr old to have diarrhea? I am going to stay home with her again tomorrow to see how she does. Should I go ahead and call the pediatrician? Or see how the weekend goes first?
So What Happened?™
I just spoke with a nurse from her pediatrician's office. She said it could last 7-10 days. So, I just need to wait a few more days & keep her drinking fluids & eating oatmeal and such. She said it could be the teething or it could be a little stomach bug.
She usually only drinks water or milk, and sometimes tea when we go out to eat. I can't get her to drink any juice, and I tried to give her some of her dad's Gatorade yesterday but she didn't even want to taste it! LOL
Thanks for the responses!
L.M. answers from Nashville on February 01, 2008
I'd go ahead and take her to the pediatrician. Teething can do that, but it would be nice to know and make sure she doesn't have a virus or something. Since this has been going on for almost a week I wouldn't wait through the weekend.
A.W. answers from Baton Rouge on February 01, 2008
I would put a call in to the pediatrician, just to give yourself peace of mind. Also, you may want to give her some Pediasure to get back some vitamins she may have lost due to the diarrhea. Definitely don't give any grape juice, or maybe no juice at all until this stops. I'd push liquids, like water or maybe even Gatorade; and try to feed her high fiber items: bananas, veggies, etc, to try and help solidify her stools.
N.A. answers from Montgomery on February 03, 2008
Put her on the BART diet. Along with regular foods, feed her lots of Bananas, Applesauce, Rice and Toast. Applesauce, NOT juice.
All of these foods combined will help to get rid of the diarrhea. Worked well with both of my kids.
Any juice you give her should be diluted with lots of water. Avoid milk or anything containing lactose, since she may be becoming lactose-intolerant.
M.P. answers from Memphis on February 03, 2008
I think you should go ahead and call the doctor. In the mean time give her bananas. Bananas usually provide relief from diarrhea.
K.S. answers from Birmingham on February 01, 2008
I would go ahead and call her pediatrician. It may not be necessary for you to take her in, but you should at least speak with a nurse. Considering that she is in daycare, as is my 2 year old son, she may have some sort of bug.