For most parents, when diarrhea affects their babies the first time they get dismayed. This is rightly so because apart from the extra strain it can put on the parent, it can lead to some other serious health complications when adequate care is not given to the child. However the occurrence of diarrhea is a common illness that affects children during infancy and childhood. In most cases, diarrhea occurs mildly and is usually simply taken care of. Where this is not the case and acute diarrhea develops, this can lead to dehydration in children with some serious consequences. When parents get to know the symptoms of diarrhea, they are better able to cope with it when it occurs in their children.