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Define diarrhoea! Definitely going to be a TMI thread!

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PlayNoBill Wed 01-Feb-17 15:59:47

Define diarrhoea! And I mean literally! I have had a letter from my 14 mo DS nursery asking all children not to attend if they have had D or V for 48 hours. Totally respect that, but his nappies can range from the consistency of an Ella's pouch to sausage meat. If I were to quarantine him every time he had a 'bad' nappy we would never leave the house!!

I have looked at the Bristol Stool Chart and I would say he ranges from a 3 to a 6 most of the time, but never a 7! Is 7 more like scotch broth, lentil soup? He had that once when he had a temperature and other symptoms so yes we did stay at home then.

Interested how others would describe diarrhoea!

BingoBingoBingoBango Thu 02-Feb-17 11:46:40

Diarrhoea is watery, not just loose.

Seeline Thu 02-Feb-17 11:54:07

I wouldn't say it was just consistency - one loose bowel movement is not necessarily diarrhoea.
I think it has to be repeated, and frequent to require keeping off school/nursery etc IT is obviously trying to prevent spreading an infection - IME such infections rarely result in one loose visit to the loo!

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