What causes occasional diarrhea in children?

Occasional diarrhea and vomiting is usually caused by contaminated food or water. It may also be caused by bacteria and parasites, as well as non-infectious conditions such as a food allergy and lactose intolerance.

Parasites entering the body

This usually happens through food and drinking water, though some parasites are known to thrive in sandboxes and swimming facilities.

Digestive troubles

Intolerance to certain foods can onset occasional diarrhea during the digestive process.

How do you know your child has occasional diarrhea

Symptoms include excessive bowel movement as well as vomiting which may also lead to dehydration. Any of the following symptoms can be expected


Occasional diarrhea is a digestive irregularity, so cramps and spasms are not uncommon.

Urgent, watery stools

When stool is unable to harden, the urgency to defecate is natural. Occasional diarrhea involves the repeated passing of loose, thin stools.


Occasional diarrhea caused by virus in a child is likely to be accompanied by a fever. Use a thermometer to measure your child’s body temperature.

Occasional diarrhea in children: Tips & Remedies

When your little one is suffering, you must explore all possible avenues that could bring them some relief. When in doubt, always consult with doctor or HCP first.

Offer them a variety of fluids

Dehydration is a major risk during occasional diarrhea. If your child isn’t partial to plain water, offer them coconut water, or diluted apple juice. Avoid soft drinks!

Temporarily adjust their diet

Introduce more bland, starchy foods such as rice congee, crackers, soup pasta and toast.

Monitor stool frequency

Keep track of their urgent need to defecate and determine whether it is getting more or less frequent. In doing so, you’ll know if your measures are working.

How to prevent occasional diarrhea in children

Every parent should have measures in place to prevent the possibility of occasional diarrhea in their children’s day to day experience.

Frequently asked questions

It’s never fun dealing with a little one who is experiencing symptoms of occasional diarrhea. You’ve probably got a few questions for us; check out our FAQ.

  • Occasional diarrhea and vomiting is usually caused by contaminated foods or water. It may also be caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites, as well as non-infectious conditions such as a food allergy and lactose intolerance.

  • A child suffering from occasional diarrhea will benefit from bland, low-fiber foods such, rice (congee), and toast (B.R.A.T). A targeted probiotic is recommended to bring the intestinal flora back into balance, thus quickly lessening the symptoms of occasional diarrhea.

  • Children’s digestive and immune systems benefit significantly from prebiotic and probiotic supplements. A daily dose of spore-forming bacteria, such as Bacillus clausii, can help prevent the onset of occasional diarrhea in kids long-term.

  • Occasional diarrhea and vomiting are frequent symptoms of intestinal conditions in children.

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