Diarrhea is when a child’s stool is unusually loose or watery.
Diarrhea is a common condition that occurs when the stool is unusually loose or watery. Everyone experiences diarrhea at some point or another. Some children have chronic (long lasting) diarrhea that interferes with many aspects of their lives.
Acute is diarrhea lasting from two days to two weeks, this type of diarrhea is caused by a bacterial, viral or parasitic infection.
Chronic is characterized by lasting longer than four weeks, chronic (long lasting) diarrhea usually signals the presence of an underlying digestive condition.
The cause of diarrhea depends on whether it is acute or chronic.
American Board of Pediatrics,
American Board of Pediatrics/Gastroenterology