When is my diarrhoea serious enough to see my doctor?
Adults and children share similar symptoms when suffering from diarrhoea, however, it is important to also notice the warning signs in your child as they may be too young to verbally express them or not know that something is wrong with them.
You should take your child to the doctor if:
- Diarrhoea continues for more than 24 hours
- Their stools are black or bloody
- Body temperature is recorded at over 39℃ (102.2℉)
- They develop a rash
- Show signs of dehydration (discussed later)
In adults, you should consult with your doctor when:
- You suffer from diarrhoea for more than two days
- You have symptoms of dehydration
- Your stools are black or contain blood
- Your body temperature is over 39℃ (102.2℉)
- You experience severe cramping or abdominal pain