How to Manage Your Childs Diarrhoea
Every kid gets diarrhoea or “stomach flu” at some point or another in his life. Diarrhoea mainly occurs due to infection of the intestine such as food poisoning or gastroenteritis.
Diarrhoea in babies and young children can be dangerous. Babies and young children are very vulnerable to dehydration and therefore it is important to know the symptoms of diarrhea and treat it well.
Here are some ways to manage your child’s diarrhea:
- Diarrhoea causes loss of fluids and salts from the body. So, first thing you want to take care of is replacing these back. Provide enough water containing few pinches salt and some sugar to your kid to keep him hydrated.
- Do not give plain water lacking in sodium and other minerals. You can offer home-made oral rehydrating solutions or use ready-to-use ORS tetra packs available in various flavours. Avoid giving juices loaded with sugar as these can worsen the diarrhoea.
You can make ORS at home by stirring together half teaspoon of salt, 6 teaspoons of sugar and 1 liter of clean drinking water. Effervescent ORS tablets with WHO formula are also available in the market.
- Give easy to digest foods like, soups, soft-cooked rice and pulses, soft cereals etc.
- Limit fruit juices, spicy, fatty and sweet foods.
- Include starchy foods such as banana, rice, bread and curd or yoghurt
containing live culture (probiotics).
- Probiotics supplements available in the market can also be used.
- Prepare your child’ food in safe way and practice hygiene in handling and storing food for your child.
- Avoid any outside food and food stored for more than 2 hrs without refrigeration.
- Wash your hands and your kids hands properly and frequently to avoid spreading diarrhoea-causing infections.
Find the cause
Try to figure out the cause of diarrhoea. Was it due to lactose intolerance or some food you introduced like some oats, barley or wheat cereals to which your toddler may be allergic, or is it some food infection?
See a doctor:
- If your child is less than one year old and has 102° F or more fever.
- If your child refuses to drink, urinates less and vomits frequently.
- If the frequency of stools does not improve in a few days and you see blood in the stool.