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Diarrhea in children

Diarrhea in children

Diarrhea is very common among babies and toddlers. In fact, by the time most children have reached 5 years old they will have experienced diarrhea from an irritated digestive system. It can be unsettling for you both, but it usually passes quickly. If it doesn’t, you should seek advice from your GP. IMODIUM® is not recommended for children younger than 12 years of age.

Babies and toddlers

Young children are very susceptible to diarrhea, so the chances are your child will experience symptoms at some stage. Your baby’s immune system takes some years to build up resistance to infections and viruses. While they are young and more vulnerable, it’s likely that they will have diarrhea between 2 to 3 times a year.

Treatment for children

IMODIUM® products are not recommended if your child is under 12 years old. Medical studies show that children are more sensitive to dehydration; so oral hydration treatments are recommended if your child is under 12. If their diarrhea lasts longer than 48 hours you should consult your doctor.

Further advice for treating your child’s diarrhea (if under 12 years):

  • Avoid sweetened fluids like soft drinks and energy drinks, sugar water, and undiluted fruit juices. All contain sugar that draws water into the intestine and can make diarrhea worse.
  • Give your child solid foods such as breads, cereals, rice, lean meats, yogurt, fruits and vegetables to help restore essential nutrients needed to fight infections.
  • Try yogurts that contain lactobacillus, or live cultures to help keep your child’s digestive system healthy.