How to Manage Diarrhea At Home
# A common complication of diarrhea is loss of a significant amount of water and salts from the body. This may put the affected person at a severe risk of dehydration. So it is important to drink plenty of clear fluids including water, broths and fruit juices (without pulp) until symptoms improve. Experts recommend to drink 1 cup of fluid following an episode of loose bowel movement.
# White rice, mashed potatoes, boiled carrots, and pasta are good sources of starch that help manage diarrhea as they firm loose bowel movements.
# Applesauce is also an effective remedy for diarrhea. It is rich in pectin and this substance also aids in firming soft or liquid bowel movements.
# Diarrhea causes severe loss of electrolytes from the body. Bananas are rich in potassium and can help restore the potassium levels. However, it is recommended to take green/unripe bananas and not the ripe ones. Furthermore, green bananas are also rich in pectin.
# Apart from what have been mentioned above, foods which are permissible during bouts of diarrhea include:
- Clear soup
- Soda crackers
- Smooth peanut butter
- Scrambled eggs
- Mild white fish
- Lean beef
- Skinless chicken
# Speaking of herbal treatment/remedy for diarrhea, many people have benefited from:
- Tea made from the agrimony herb
- Tea made from fresh or dried bilberries
- Marshmallow root
- Psyllium seeds
# Foods to avoid during bouts of diarrhea include:
- Caffeine products
- Fatty and fried foods
- Citrus fruits
- Sugar-free gum
- Too much of high-fiber foods
- Gas producing foods (beans, cruciferous vegetables, nuts, and cereals)
- Dairy products
- Highly spiced foods
In case of adults, even after following the above self-care measures if diarrhea persists for more than three days, and/or is accompanied by dehydration, black stools, rectal pain and a high fever (102 F), then medical attention becomes a necessity to evade any severe complications.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.