Viral infection is the most common cause of diarrhea. It is often accompanied by vomiting but may occur in isolation. Viral diarrhea usually lasts 5-7 days and is almost always worse on the first two days of the illness.
Your child needs to be seen for:
Signs of dehydration including decreased urine output (less than every 8-10 hours), dry mucous membranes, lack of tears, or lethargy.
Blood in stool
Diarrhea persisting for > 1 week without complications
Profuse diarrhea or any other concerns
Home care advise for children > 1 year old:
Start Pedialyte or diluted Gatorade. Offer unlimited amounts unless the child is also vomiting (See section on Vomiting).
Avoid fruit juices and soft drinks as this can make the diarrhea worse
Starchy foods are best: bread, noodles, potatoes, rice, oatmeal, crackers, etc.
2-6 ounces of yogurt twice a day can help restore healthy bacteria to the GI tract