Diarrhea is a condition that occurs when there are three or more loose bowel movements per day. There are many causes of diarrhea but the primary mechanisms that happens are: increased fluid secretion in the intestines, less time for stool to exit the intestines, or less fluid absorption from the intestines. The symptoms of diarrhea are generally similar which includes abdominal pain, cramping, increased frequency of bowel movements, and loose stool. Fever and other symptoms may or may not be present depending on the cause of diarrhea.
In most cases, diarrhea usually lasts a few days but when it lasts for several weeks, it can be an indication of a serious underlying disorder such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or persistent infection. The complications of diarrhea that can happen are dehydration, anal irritation, and electrolyte imbalances. In severe cases, the loss of fluids and electrolytes can be fatal. Here are 10 diarrhea remedies that may help.
Diarrhea Remedy #1: Hydration
Hydration is extremely important when you or someone you love experiences diarrhea. Since diarrhea can cause dehydration, it can be fatal especially in younger children and the elderly. For infants and toddlers who experience diarrhea, it is best to continue breastfeeding or formula feeding them. There are over the counter oral rehydration salts that are available in packets and these are the best for anyone who has diarrhea, even children.
If possible, small amounts of this oral rehydration solution should be given frequently throughout the day. It can also be easily made at home by dissolving six tablespoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt in one liter of drinking water. They even come in the form of popsicles! Sports drinks such can also be effective if oral rehydration salts are not available. Milk, alcohol, caffeinated or carbonated beverages should be avoided as it can worsen the symptoms of diarrhea.
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