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Symptoms

Diarrhoea in babies and children

Symptoms of acute diarrhoea will usually last between 3 and 5 days. They can include:

  • loose or watery poo
  • pooing more than 3 times a day
  • vomiting
  • high temperature
  • tummy pains
  • dehydration

Dehydration

Your child may become dehydrated if they have severe diarrhoea or vomiting.

Signs of dehydration are more likely in children who are:

  • under 1 year old
  • breastfed and stop feeding
  • not drinking fluids

Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • passing less urine than normal
  • weakness
  • less energy than usual
  • irritability
  • less tears when crying
  • a dry mouth, lips and tongue

Symptoms of severe dehydration include:

  • less wet nappies than usual
  • being drowsy or hard to wake
  • pale or blotchy skin
  • cold hands and feet
  • 6 or more bouts of diarrhoea in 24 hours
  • 3 or more bouts of vomiting in 24 hours

Contact your GP immediately or go to your nearest hospital if your child shows any signs of severe dehydration

page last reviewed: 20/11/2018
next review due: 20/11/2021