Does your child with diarrhea have
any signs of dehydration?

  • extreme drowsiness
  • dry, sticky mouth
  • no tears when crying
  • sunken soft spot
  • grayish skin
  • fast breathing
  • sunken appearance to eyes
  • no wet diapers or urine in
  • 8 hours
  • skin does not flatten when
  • pinched and released
Yes Call your child’s
healthcare provider
immediately!
No
Is your child less than one month
of age and has 3 or more diarrhea
stools per day?
Yes Call your child’s
healthcare provider
immediately!
No
Is your child with diarrhea less than
three months of age and have a
fever over 100.4 degrees rectally?
Yes Call your child’s
healthcare provider
immediately!
No
Is your child less than one year of
age and in the last 8 hours has had
8 or more diarrheal stools?
Yes Call your child’s
healthcare provider
immediately!
No
Does your child also have severe
abdominal pain that is not relieved
by passage of a diarrhea stool?
Yes Call your child’s
healthcare provider
immediately!
No
Clear liquids? Yes Call your child’s
healthcare provider
immediately!
No
Does your child have large amounts
of blood in the loose stool
Yes Call your child’s
healthcare provider
immediately!
No
Does your child with diarrhea
look and act very sick
Yes Call your child’s
healthcare provider
immediately!
No
Continue monitoring your child and contact your youngster’s health care provider during regular office hours for further instructions if diarrhea continues.