The nursing diagnosis of diarrhea is defined as a state in which an individual experiences a change in normal bowel habits characterized by the frequent passage of loose, fluid, unformed stools. Diarrhea is indeed the passing of at least 3 or more loose watery stools which may be a reaction to certain underlying factors or condition. It can be a result of drinking of unboiled or contaminated water, ingestion of food contaminated with microorganism/s leading to viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection, food or medicine allergy, and intolerance to food (milk or lactose). However, a change in a bowel pertaining to severe diarrhea may be attributed to other serious conditions, like:

diarrhea nursing care plan

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Chrohn’s disease
  • Malabsorption syndrome
  • Colon cancer
  • Ulcerative

Diarrhea can be manifested through these symptoms:

  • Frequent passing of loose watery stools (3 or more)
  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Frequency in flatulence
  • It could be accompanied or not with fever and nausea and vomiting

It is often due to unsafe and unsanitary food practices, so proper hand washing and food hygiene should be emphasized. On the other hand, clients should also be advised to replace fluid loss and as well seek medical help to avoid dehydration.

Diarrhea Nursing Care Plan


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