Posted on 7/21/2016
Diarrhea is a common condition that may have many causes. While a minor
bout of diarrhea can be handled with home care, prolonged or severe diarrhea
can quickly cause dehydration in children. If you are concerned about
the severity of your child’s diarrhea or believe he may be dehydrated,
it’s important to seek prompt
pediatric care in Las Vegas. Below you can get a look at some of the reasons your child may be suffering
One of the most common causes of acute diarrhea in children is a viral disease.
Viral gastroenteritis is caused by Rotavirus and is a highly contagious and extremely common
condition that causes diarrhea within 12-48 hours of contraction. This
virus can also cause vomiting, fever, chills, abdominal cramps, and headaches.
Rotavirus is most common during the wintertime, but a vaccine is available
to protect your child’s health.
Bacterial and Parasitic Infections
During the summer, bacterial infections are the most common cause of pediatric
diarrhea. Bacterial infections may be contracted through improperly prepared
or contaminated food, and include E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella. Parasitic
infections can be contracted through contact with contaminated water.
In fact, Giardia is the most common parasitic cause of diarrhea in children.
While home care and regular hydration are typically the best treatments
for children with bacterial or parasitic diarrhea, medications such as
antibiotics may be recommended in some cases.
Food intolerances occur when the body has difficulty digesting a certain
food. This condition differs from a food allergy in that it does not trigger
an immune system response, and instead, generally causes symptoms associated
with indigestion. In some cases, food intolerances can lead to diarrhea,
particularly lactose intolerance. If your child seems to suffer from chronic
diarrhea with no acute cause, his condition may instead be linked to his diet.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we are pleased to offer comprehensive pediatrics in Las Vegas, including
children’s emergency care and outpatient services. You can find
out more about our children’s hospital and how to treat common the
most common childhood diseases on our website or by calling (702) 233-5437.