Diarrhea is the passing of loose, watery stools. Vomiting is throwing up food and fluids.
Your child may lose large amounts of fluids during diarrhea or vomiting. This is called dehydration. You need to make sure your child drinks enough liquids to prevent dehydration.
Call your health care provider if your child:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic