Can diarrhoea be dangerous?

Yes. Diarrhoea can be life threatening if it is severe. Diarrhoea causes a loss of fluid and electrolytes in the stool, which can result in dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The correct management of diarrhoea is important as diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of death in children, especially in poor countries. Each year about 4 million children worldwide die of diarrhoea.

Diarrhoea is a leading cause of infant death worldwide.

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