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The 10 Must-Knows on Managing Diarrhoea in Children

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There are four common paediatric issues and concerns faced by parents and diarrhoea is one of them. Follow the first in a monthly video series featuring expert answers to commonly asked questions from parents. Find out how you can win $4,000 worth of prizes.

It is not unusual for a child to suffer from diarrhoea from time to time. This ailment often causes discomfort and interruptions to their daily routine.

We look into the topic on the Management of Diarrhoea, the first in a series of four education videos supported by an unrestricted education grant from Abbott, the leader in paediatric nutrition.

Knowing how to manage a common paediatric issue like diarrhoea is crucial for parents. Dr Chu Hui Ping, a paediatric gastroenterologist at the Raffles Children’s Centre, Raffles Hospital, answers commonly asked questions from parents. This is summarized and supplemented below in our 10 Must-Knows for parents in managing their child’s diarrhoea.

The 10 Must-Knows on Managing Diarrhoea in Children

1. Signs and symptoms of diarrhoea.
Diarrhoea can mean loose or watery stools or an increase in frequency of your child’s need to do a number two – twice the usual number of times for infants, and three or more instances of loose stools in older children.

Other symptoms include abdominal pain, cramps and bloating.

2. Common causes of diarrhoea.
In developed countries like Singapore, the most common cause of diarrhoea is infection. Dr Chu also mentioned, other causes like allergic reactions to medicines such as antibiotics, food allergies, intolerance to food such as cow’s milk, and intestinal illnesses.

Find out what the other 10 must-knows of managing diarrhoea in children, and how you can win $4,000 worth of prizes, on the next page...

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