Key Points About Diarrhea in Children
- Diarrhea is loose, watery bowel movements (stool). Your child may also have to go to the bathroom more often.
- It may be caused by many things, including bacterial infection or viral infection.
- Dehydration is the major concern with diarrhea. In most cases, treatment involves replacing lost fluids.
- Correct handwashing can help prevent diarrhea. The rotavirus vaccine can prevent diarrhea caused by that virus.
- When you travel, make sure anything your child eats and drinks is safe.
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Gastrointestinal Motility Treatment at Children's National Hospital
Children’s National is one of the few pediatric centers in the country to offer specialized care for motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders impacting your child’s digestive tract. Discover more about the treatment we offer.
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Providers Who Treat Diarrhea
Departments that Treat Diarrhea
Comprehensive Motility Program
The Motility Program works to help treat a number of motility issues impacting your child's digestive tract, including abdominal pain, aspirating, constipation and incontinence. Learn more about our Comprehensive Motility Program.
Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services
As a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, we are uniquely qualified to provide emergency care for children, from the design of the department to our highly skilled professionals who understand the special needs of younger, smaller patients.
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.