Friday, April 8, 2016

Natural Remedies For Diarrhea

Diarrhea or dysentery results in loose watery motions three or more times a day. Your stool becomes very watery and frequently. The diarrhea can be caused by infection, poor hygiene, some antibiotics, or teething in children. Diarrhea and upset stomach are common not only in toddlers and babies, but adults can also have it. Diarrhea or dysentery is the second leading cause of death in babies under 5.

If the intestines is infected, it results in severe diarrhea with the presence of blood and mucus in the faeces.

The diarrhea can be caused due to bacteria, virus, parasitic infections, intestinal diseases, food sensitivities, medicine reactions, etc. Food poisoning is often the cause of loose motions in children and adults.
Diarrhea home remedies
Diarrhea natural home remedies

Prevention of Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be prevented by taking simple care. Always wash your hands with soap before eating.

  1. Contaminated water for drinking.
  2. Contaminated water to brush your teeth.
  3. Eating ice blocks made from tap water.
  4. Drinking unpasteurized milk.
  5. Eating ready-made salad from market or in parties.
  6. Eating raw fruits and vegetables without washing.
  7. Eating raw fish and meat.

How is Diarrhea Treated at Home?

Diarrhea is a problem that usually goes away of its own in a day or two. In most cases of diarrhea, the only treatment necessary is replacing lost fluids and electrolytes. You may try the following home remedies if you have loose motions or dysentery.

Home  treatment can help you cure your diarrhea. Always consult your doctor if you do not get any relief from the following remedies in 2 days for adults and 1 day for children.

Following are the 5 ways for getting relief from diarrhea.

1. Avoid Dehydration

Diarrhea can cause dehydration, because in diarrhea the body loses water and electrolytes very fast. The electrolytes include sodium, potassium and chloride.
The dehydration is dangerous in children, older adults and people with poor immune systems.

The symptoms of dehydration and diarrhea are frequent watery stools, dry mouth, loss of energy or lethargic. Babies may not produce urine for 7-8 hours, also they may cry without tears.

The best treatment of diarrhea is just to replace lost fluids and electrolytes. So it is very essential to drink lot of water with electrolytes, oral rehydration solution.

Buy a good electrolyte drink from your Chemist and drink as recommended on the bottle.

Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS)

You can make  ORS at home. Mix 8 teaspoons of sugar and one of salt in one liter of water. Add some orange juice and finish it slowly in one day.

2. Probiotics, Yogurt

Eating yogurt (dahi, curd) is probably one of the best natural home remedies for loose motions becaues it is a good source of ‘live cultures’ like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. Probiotics like yogurt help to restore healthy good bacteria in your intestine which enhance your digestion. These good bacteria will fight against the bacteria causing loose motions.
  1. Eat plain yogurt 2-3 times a day to get rid of loose motions. You can add slices of a banana to the yogurt to enhance the benefits for curing your diarrhea.
  2. Drink buttermilk 3-4 times a day.
  3. You can also take probiotics in powder or pill form.
  4. Roast 1/2 tsp cumin (jeera) seeds and 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (dana methi). Mix 1/2 tsp cumin (jeera) seeds and 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (dana methi), powder it, and add to 4 tsp of yogurt. Eat 3 times a day to get relief from dysentery.

3. Eat Bananas and Carrots

Bananas and carrots are soothing sources of pectin, a type of soluble fiber that absorbs excess fluid in your intestine and slows down the passage of stool.
So eat as much bananas and carrots as you can to stop your loose motions.

Eat mint, apple, pomegranate, papaya, potato, etc. Children can also be given these foods.

4. Foods To Avoid

Avoiding the following foods, which can aggravate diarrhea, may lessen the symptoms.
  1. Avoid fruit juices. Large amounts of fructose can be hard to digest. The apple juice can make diarrhea worse.
  2. Until diarrhea subsides, avoid foods that are hard to digest like beans, cabbage, chickpeas, kidney beans, Brussels sprouts, etc.
  3. Vegetables that can cause gas such as broccoli, peas, corn, prunes, etc.
  4. Perishable foods such as eggs, meats, poultry, fish, shellfish can cause food poisoning if not treated with care.
  5. Alcohol, soda and other carbonated drinks.
  6. Fried food.
  7. If you have problems with lactose, then discontinue drinking milk during diarrhea.

5. Medicines

Over-the-counter medicines may help stop diarrhea in adults. Depending on the cause of the problem, medication may also be needed to stop the diarrhea.
If diarrhea is caused by bacteria or parasites, go to your doctor, he may prescribe you antibiotics.

When to See a Doctor

  1. Adults, children including newborns and infants should see a Doctor if
  2. Dehydration: Toddlers can die from dehydration within a day.
  3. Diarrhea for more than 1 day for children and 2 days for adults.
  4. High fever of 102 degrees or higher.
  5. Stools with blood or pus.
  6. Stools that are black and tarry.
Do not give medications to treat diarrhea in adults to children and infant, it can be dangerous. Any medicine to infants and children should be given with a doctor’s advice.
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