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)
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.
- Page last reviewed: November 27, 2018
- Page last updated: November 27, 2018
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