Caring for a child age 1 to 5 with Diarrhea

Diarrhea (Age 1-5)

Definition – Diarrhea is:

  • The sudden increase in the number and looseness of stools
  • Diarrhea means 2 or more watery stools.
    • Reason: a few loose stools can be normal with changes in diet.
  • Most diarrhea is caused by a viral infection of the intestines.

Health Information Diarrhea Scale:
Mild: 2-5 watery stools per day
Moderate: 6-9 watery stools per day
Severe: 10 or more watery stools per day

The main risk of diarrhea is dehydration.
• Loose or runny stools do not cause dehydration.
• Frequent, watery stools can cause dehydration.

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We are here! Fever and acute viral illness information for pediatric patients

Sorry for our hiatus!

It is hard to maintain the website and be the practicing providers in the practice. We are in the process of making some information available specific to newborns. Be on the lookout for that.

In the meantime… here is some great information on how to take care of your little one when they are ill

Fever/Acute Illness information

If you child has a fever and any of all of the following

  • Runny nose or Nasal congestion
  • Cough
  • Decreased appetite but generally drinking adequate amounts of fluids (enough fluid to make urine at least 2-3 times a day)
  • Lacy rash over chest, back or extremities that seems mostly asymptomatic (not itchy, no weeping areas/blisters)
  • Red eye(s) with discharge and “crusty” lashes, especially after sleeping, that can be removed with a warm wash cloth
  • Increased fatigue, wanting to sleep and nap more

Then this is reassuring, all symptoms above are consistent with an acute viral illness which you and your child will get many times throughout life. 

 

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Dosing for Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin/Advil (Ibuprofen)

Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be used starting at birth HOWEVER in a child less than 3 months with a temperature above 100.4F a medical provider should be consulted.

This can happen through contacting the office during business hours or through our on call service when the clinic is not open. Either way you would call 614-688-9220.

 

The dose of Tylenol is 15 mg/kg so knowing your child’s weight is very important.  You can use this chart to decide the best dose for your child.

– Give medicine every 4 to 6 hours as needed (no more than 5 times in 24 hours)
– Do not use more than one product containing acetaminophen at the same time
– Use the measuring device that comes with liquid medicine
– If you have a question or need help to find the right product for your child talk to a pharmacist
5ml = 160mg Children’s Tablets
1 tablet = 80mg Junior Strength
1 tablet = 160mg

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