Diarrhea is as inconvenient as it is inevitable. At some point, the little one with the delicate constitution is going to be affected and you are going to be trapped only a safe distance away from the bathroom. Generally speaking, it won’t be long before the rest of the household is running sprints to-and-fro, as well. Therefore, primary on your mind is certainly to find a fix, quick!
We know diarrhea causes dehydration. This can happen quite rapidly. So intuitively, we try to combat this by replacing or “pushing” fluids. Unfortunately, this typically causes more diarrhea. This can quickly become a vicious cycle. The answer is, of course, stopping diarrhea ASAP.
Please seek medical attention for diarrhea that is accompanied by a fever, severe vomiting, abdominal pain, mucus, or bloody stools. Also, any diarrhea that has occurred for more than 24 hours should be evaluated by a physician.
Here are 3 diarrhea remedies guaranteed to work fast.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
This is my first choice for treating not only diarrhea but also nausea and general tummy aches. It works naturally, by restoring pH balance to the stomach. It is also thought to restore the good bacteria while eliminating the bad bacteria in the digestive tract. This can work in as few as 20 minutes.
To use: Mix 1-2 tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar with 6-8 oz of filtered or bottled water. Have your little one drink the entire glass on an empty stomach. This may be repeated in 3 hours not to exceed three doses.
Do- add a bit of sugar to the mixture if it is too bitter.
Don’t- add honey as it can be a cause of diarrhea
Don’t- use other types of vinegar, must contain apple.
Homemade ginger ale with lemon
Lemon juice is thought to kill the offending bacteria causing diarrhea, and ginger is known to promote proper digestion. The carbonation in the water is frequently used to calm upset tummies at any age. I recommend this quick and easy recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/ginger-ale. You will need ginger, lemon, sugar, and seltzer (club) soda.
By limiting your little one’s diet to these binding foods, excess fluid in the GI tract is absorbed more quickly and diarrhea with it.
BRAT diet foods (stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) also include yogurt. This diet should never be used for more than 24 hours.
Once you have things under control, consider the following simple measures to prevent future bouts of illness. Avoid tap water, including ice. When eating out choose fruits or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled Be sure that all foods have been thoroughly cooked and are served steaming-hot Wash hands before and after eating