Does Your Child Have Diarrhea?

Here’s the Poop

Your child’s diarrhea might be caused by a germ called Shigella.

  • Shigella are bacteria that cause about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States each year.


Symptoms of Shigella illness usually begin 1 to 2 days after becoming infected with the germ, and can include:

  • Diarrhea (sometimes bloody)
  • Fever
  • Stomachache

Protect Your Family & Community!

Shigella spreads very easily from one person to another. Stop the spread of Shigella by following these easy steps:

  • Everyone should wash hands:
    • Before preparing food or eating
    • After using the toilet or changing diapers
  • Do NOT prepare food if you are ill.
  • Do NOT share food with anyone if you or your family members are ill.
  • Stay home from childcare and school while sick or until your health department says it’s safe to return.

Steps to Get Better

  • Drink fluids
  • Get rest
  • Talk to your doctor if you are still sick

Most people feel better in 5 – 7 days.

Printable Formats of “Does Your Child Have Diarrhea?”

Shigella print materials can be ordered for free via CDC-Info on Demand.