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What Do You Know About Diarrhea?

Anyone can get diarrhea. In fact, the typical American adult experiences diarrhea about 4 times a year, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Most cases of diarrhea, defined as loose, watery stools occurring more than 3 times in 1 day, last a day or 2 and need no treatment. Find out more about this common digestive problem by taking this quiz, based on information from the NIDDK and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

1. Which of these is a common cause of diarrhea?
2. Which of these diseases is associated with chronic diarrhea?
3. Rotavirus is a common cause of diarrhea in children. Nearly all children have been infected by the virus by what age?
4. Besides watery stools, which of these symptoms also may occur during diarrhea?
5. If a child has diarrhea, when should you call the doctor?
6. Which of these fluids is best to drink to prevent dehydration when you have diarrhea?
7. Which of these foods is a good choice when you have diarrhea?
8. Traveler's diarrhea is caused when people visiting developing countries eat food or drink water that is contaminated. Which of these is a good tip to follow when traveling to places where food and water may be a problem?

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