suggest you don't try to treat diarrhea without consulting
a doctor. There are different types of organisms which
cause diarrhea, and they just don't go away by drinking
lots of tender coconut water or lemon tea. They have
to be treated with medications or they only grow in
the stomach and intestine and later have to be treated
with much stronger medication and for a longer duration.
are some food do's and don'ts. Try to avoid milk as
far as possible for at least 48 hours. If your
child wants only milk, dilute its strength with clean
water. Light tea may also be good. Ideal is to give
milk only in the forms of curds or buttermilk for two
days. If the child can drink buttermilk replace each
milk feed with a glass of buttermilk or lassi. For breakfast,
give bread toast or idli dipped in curd. Salt and sugar
may be added to the curd. Avoid rasam and dal at lunch
and give only curd rice for lunch and dinner.
reason for avoiding milk is, it is an ideal medium for
bacteria and other organisms to grow on and the infection
inside will increase instead of being controlled and
destroyed. On the other hand, curds has bacteria which
can fight the organisms causing the infection. Therefore,
for diarrhoea, curd is a form of natural treatment.
avoid eating non-veg completely for atleast 48-72 hours.
Non-veg food again is the ideal medium for organisms
to grow and you will only see the infection increase
rapidly if non-veg is eaten.
other food stuffs e.g. arrowroot, apple, tender coconut
water etc, cannot kill the viruses or bacteria so they
cannot be used as a treatment. However arrowroot porridge,
arrowroot biscuits, apple and tender coconut water are
soothing to the stomach and help to bind the stool so
they help in reducing the frequency of passing motion.
They also help to replace calories, minerals and vitamins,
which are lost during diarrhea.
from toast, rice and curds, Marie or arrow root biscuits,
rusks, apple, black tea with little lime juice and sugar,
rice kanji with salt and curds and arrow root porridge
and tender coconut water are ideal to be consumed in
the first 2-3 days. B complex and C vitamin supplement
is very important during diarrhea. Take a capsule or
syrup form of this morning and evening.
biggest danger faced in a diarrhea is dehydration and
blood sugar levels dropping. During acute diarrhea,
the danger of dehydration is so great that one should
not wait but immediately start treatment to replace
fluids and electrolytes. Electrol available from a pharmacy
may be prepared with boiled and cooled water or oral
rehydration may be prepared at home by mixing one glass
(200ml) clean water with 2 teaspoons sugar, a pinch
(quarter teaspoon) salt and 1-2 teaspoon lemon juice.
Pour small portions of this into a separate glass and
allow the child to sip this at frequent intervals.