Functional GI Disorders
Another possible reason for persistent diarrhea in a child is functional GI disorder.
A functional GI disorder refers to a condition wherein there are some issues with how the gastrointestinal tract works. The GI tract is a series of organs connected in a long tube that functions to process and digest foods.
Please note that a functional GI disorder is not a disease; in fact, even with the symptoms, the GI tract doesn’t typically sustain damage.
If your child keeps on having diarrhea, he or she might have:
- Traveler’s Diarrhea – a common condition among toddlers and preschoolers. Experts believe that a diet high in sugar and low in fat triggers this disorder. The good news is that the condition doesn’t affect the child’s growth and development. It usually goes away on its own, too.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome – a condition that results in symptoms like abdominal pain and diarrhea. The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but experts suspect there could be problems with the nerves.
Food Allergies and Intolerances
Finally, if your child keeps on having diarrhea, it might be a good idea to look back on their diet. Do they frequently have loose, watery stool after consuming a specific food? If that’s the case, it could be food allergies or intolerances.