dr Sarath Gopalan
Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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  • Both should have lasted for 14 days or more.
  • The underlying cause is an infectious agent in almost all casesof persistent diarrhea whereas in chronic diarrhea it is not infectious.
  • Persistent Diarrhea is usually of abrupt onset. On the other hand, the onset is very insidious in chronic diarrhea.
  • In such children reduce milk (but don’t omit completely) for 7 days. If the diarrhea worsens during this period, switch over to a lactose free diet (omit milk only but  milk products and all other foods are allowed) for at least two more weeks. It takes approximately 3 weeks for the villi to regenerate and resume effective absorptive function after transient villus damage in diarrhea.
  • If there is no improvement refer to pediatric gastroenterologist.
  • Some children with persistent diarrhea may be in an immuno-suppressed state as in HIV infection.

Posted On: 26/07/2018

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