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Diarrhea

Self-care

Replacing fluids with an oral rehydrating solution such as Pedialyte will help prevent dehydration. Over-the-counter anti-diarrheal drugs include Pepto-Bismol and Kaopectate.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • No wet diaper in three hours or more
  • Fever of 102 F (38.9 C) or higher, in infant or child
  • Bloody or black stools, in infant or child
  • Diarrhea doesn't improve after 24 hours, in infant or child
  • Listless or unresponsive
  • Dry mouth, cries without tears, or sunken look to eyes, cheeks, or abdomen, in infant or child

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Adult's diarrhea doesn't improve within two days
  • Stool is bloody or black
  • Little to no urination, very dry mouth and skin, or other signs of dehydration
  • Fever over 102 F (38.9 C)
  • Abdominal or rectal pain

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