Treating Diarrhea Naturally and Using Other Remedies

Treating Diarrhea Naturally and Using Other Remedies

Millions of people experience diarrhea. It is one of the most uncomfortable and embarrassing conditions that you can suffer from. 

 

According to NHS, you should

 

Drink fluids. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Take small, frequent sips of water. You are more likely to become dehydrated if you are also vomiting.

 

It is very important for babies and small children not to become dehydrated. Give your child frequent sips of water, even if they are vomiting. A small amount is better than none. Fruit juice or fizzy drinks should be avoided because they can make diarrhoea worse in children.

 

Contact your GP immediately if your child shows signs of dehydration, such as:

 

  • irritability or drowsiness
  • passing urine infrequently
  • pale or mottled skin
  • cold hands and feet
  • becoming increasingly unwell

 

Children at increased risk of dehydration

 

Your child’s risk of becoming dehydrated is increased if they:

 

  • are younger than one year old (particularly if they are less than six months)
  • are younger than two years old and had a low birth weight
  • have had more than six episodes of diarrhoea in the last 24 hours
  • have vomited more than twice in the last 24 hours
  • have been unable to hold down fluids
  • have suddenly stopped breastfeeding

 

Source: NHS

 

Treating diarrhea can be done using the most natural remedies that you can find at home.

 

Here are some of the best lifestyle remedies for diarrhea, according to Mayo Clinic.

 

Lifestyle and home remedies

 

Most diarrhea cases clear up on their own within a few days. To help you cope with your signs and symptoms until the diarrhea goes away, try to:

 

  • Drink plenty of clear liquids, including water, broths and juices, every day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Add semisolid and low-fiber foods gradually as your bowel movements return to normal. Try soda crackers, toast, eggs, rice or chicken.
  • Avoid certain foods such as dairy products, fatty foods, high-fiber foods or highly seasoned foods for a few days.

 

  • Ask about anti-diarrheal medications. Over-the-counter (OTC) anti-diarrheal medications, such as loperamide (Imodium A-D) and bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol), may help reduce the number of watery bowel movements you experience.

 

  • Certain medical conditions and infections — bacterial and parasitic — may be made worse by these OTC medications because they prevent your body from getting rid of what’s causing the diarrhea. Also, these drugs aren’t always safe for children. Check with your doctor before taking these medications or giving these medications to a child.

 

  • Consider probiotics. Probiotics contain strains of living bacteria that are similar to the healthy bacteria normally found in your digestive system. Probiotics may boost the number of healthy bacteria present to fight germs in your digestive tract. Probiotic supplements are available. Beneficial bacteria may also be found in yogurt and cheese.

 

Source: Mayo Clinic

 

Treating diarrhea does not have to be very hard. In fact, the things that are mentioned here are very simple and practical, which you can just do at home. Once you suffer from diarrhea, don’t prolong the agony, simply follow the various remedies outlined above.

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