Most cases of diarrhea in children are caused by viruses and will clear up on their own, according to
Dr. Joseph Croffie, director of the gastrointestinal motility lab at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Parents can ensure their child is getting enough fluids and offer starchy -- not fatty -- foods, such as dry cereals, oatmeal, bread, crackers, pretzels, mashed potatoes and rice. Chronic diarrhea could signal an infection, parasites or a form of inflammatory bowel disease, he says.

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