Overview of diarrhoea in babies and children
Diarrhoea is poo that is more watery and loose than usual. It can cause poos to happen more frequently.
There are two main types of diarrhoea:
- acute diarrhoea
- chronic diarrhoea
Acute diarrhoea starts suddenly and lasts for less than 2 weeks. It's more common in babies and children.
Chronic diarrhoea lasts longer than 2 weeks. It's usually caused by another health condition and will not go away until the other condition is treated.