Vomiting and Diarrhea | Overview

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Can vomiting and diarrhea be dangerous?

Vomiting (throwing up) and diarrhea (frequent, watery bowel movements) can be harmful because they can cause dehydration. Dehydration occurs when you lose too much fluid. Young children and the elderly can become dehydrated quickly, but dehydration can occur at any age.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 01/99

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