That being said, here are a few symptoms that should prompt you to call your child's doctor right away:
higher than 102f
with blood or mucus
-severe or prolonged diarrhea (more than 7 days)
or refusal to take liquids
-severe abdominal pain
now if your child does not have any of these things, here are a few tips to keep them hydrated at home:
-an oral rehydration
fluid such as pedialyte
can be helpful since it contains electrolytes
-do not offer juice, plain water, sports drinks, chicken broth, ginger
ale, soda, tea, or jell-o. They do not have the right balance of salt and sugar
and can worsen diarrhea.
-continuing a regular diet
has been shown to shorten the duration of illness, so continue their normal diet plus additional fluids to replace losses.
-do not give over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
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