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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.

Content supplied by the NHS and adapted for Ireland by the HSE.

Page last reviewed: 20/11/2018
Next review due: 20/11/2021