My 16Month Old Has Diarrhea

Updated on April 24, 2010
D.C. asks from San Jose, CA
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My 16month old has diarrhea for a couple of days. We have been giving him Floristate and it has been working. Yesterday it happened in the morning and the rest of the day he was fine. This morning it happened again. Any tips, or thoughts on how to get rid of it.
We have been keeping his food plain. Thanks

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answers from San Francisco on

What is floristate? Usually children this age only need additional fluids, like pedialyte or 1/2 strength gatorade, and no medication. If it's only once or twice a day and he seems fine, I would not change much. He will get over it in a few days or a week. It isusually caused by a virus and is self limiting.

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answers from San Francisco on

You might want to call an advice nurse or your pediatrician just to check if they want to see him. My son had diarrhea a couple months ago. They said it was probably just a stomach bug and to stick to the BRAT diet, yogurt with probiotics, and lots of fluids. I did not end up taking him in, as the advice nurse said that it could take up to 10 days to go away. I think it took about 5 until it was gone for my son. The other concern was the diaper rash that resulted from constant wetness and irritation. Good luck!



answers from San Francisco on

If you aren't trying it already, he should be eating elements from the BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. These foods are binding and will help his stools solidify. Make sure he is getting lots of liquids - Pedialyte, Gatorade, and/or broth will replace any electrolytes he's losing - and good old plain water is obviously the best liquid for him to be drinking right now.

If he's got the diarrhea in the morning only, perhaps he's eating something for dinner that isn't agreeing with him? Try the BRAT diet for a couple of nights and see what happens.

Also, if he's got a lot of pain with the diarhea, you should probably call the doctor to see if he might have a bug of some kind.

Good luck.


answers from Fort Walton Beach on

Sometimes it just needs to run it's course. 14 days max though, after that you need a stool culture. Avoid juice and antibiotics, they make it worse. Sounds like you are doing everything right, just keep an eye out for a fever, otherwise it sounds normal.



answers from San Francisco on

You didn't mention how many times a day he has diarrhea. If it's every diaper you might wanna call your ped. In the mean time, giving him bananas & applesauce should help 'firm' things up. Also, limit the amount of juice & fruit he is eating. As others have said, make sure he stays hydrated w/water as diarrhea causes dehydration. Best of luck!


answers from Milwaukee on

Give him so pedialite. He sounds dehydrated. :)



answers from Boise on

I would make sure that he isn't dehydrated, the BRAT diet can help solidify things, and I have recently found that a probiotic can help too.



answers from San Francisco on

If the diarrhea happens only in the morning and doesn't go away, it could be caused by a food intolerance. What is he eating that's different from the rest of the day? Try removing that food.



answers from Indianapolis on

I'd ask your pediatrician before giving Pedialyte or other products used to help with dehydration - for some reason, our pediatrician really only advises them as a last resort after regular hydration with water, milk, etc.

Most people will recommend the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) because they are known to irritate the GI system the least. They never really had an effect on my kids.

As Jess says, sometimes, the bug just needs to run its course, and the best thing you can do is to nurture as much as possible.

It's worth a call to the pediatrician, in case you haven't already, to see what they advise.

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