Treatment for Diarrhea

In Diarrhea, there is an excessive loss of body fluids due to frequent stools. Hence, it is important to supplement the body with water.

Most often the cause of the problem in diarrhea is dehydration or loss of water.

Suitable drinks to prevent a child from losing too much liquid during diarrhea are
  • Breast milk.
  • Gruels (mixtures of cooked cereals and water).
  • Soups.
  • Rice water.
  • Fresh fruit juices.
  • Oral rehydration salts solution (ORS).
Consult your doctor if..
  • Loose stools continue for a long time.
Help from a doctor should be taken if the person
  • Is feverish.
  • Is extremely thirsty.
  • Will not eat or drink normally.
  • Vomits frequently.
  • Passes several watery stools in one or two hours.
  • Passes blood in the stools (a sign of dysentery).
  • If the diarrhea persists for more than two weeks.
Usually, ORS is the therapy of choice.