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What are the symptoms of diarrhoea?

Answered by Dr Ellie Cannon
8th September 2015
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The most obvious symptom of diarrhoea is watery or loose poo that is passed frequently. This can also be accompanied by a number of other symptoms such as loss of appetite, vomiting and feelings of nausea, headaches and stomach cramps.

Because a lot of water can be lost when your little one has diarrhoea, this can sometimes lead to dehydration. It is important that this is treated quickly to prevent any further complications. If your child has dehydration, they may:

  • not pass urine very frequently
  • have cold hands and feet
  • have skin that has become pale and mottled (skin that appears patchy)
  • become increasingly irritable or drowsy
 

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