Causes of Diarrhea in Children(infants)
- Viral or bacterial infections
- Intestinal parasites
- Infected or contaminated water
- Indigestion of the food consumed
- Food allergies
- Side effects of antibiotic drugs
- Excessive intake of laxatives
- Wrong combination of foods
Symptoms of Diarrhea in Children(infants)
- Abdominal Cramps
- Stomach Ache
- Upset Stomach
- Loss of appetite
- Frequent loose stools
Best Home Remedies To Cure Diarrhea in Children
1. ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution)
First of all you need to replenish lost water and salt due to frequent release of loose and watery stool. Best home remedy to cure diarrhea in children is give them ORS(Oral Rehydration Solution). Oral rehydration solutions are available at pharmacies in ready-to-serve preparations. It is best to buy an ORS that has already been mixed.If your child refuses to take the ORS by the cup or bottle, give the solution using a medicine dropper or small teaspoon.
2. Carrot Soup
Carrot soup also proved very beneficial in curing diarrhea. It supplies water to combat dehydration, replenishes sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur and magnesium.
Take half kg of carrots, wash them and cook in 150 ml. of water until it is soft. The pulp should be strained and boiled water added to make a liter. Three-quarter tablespoon of salt may be mixed. This soup should be given in small amounts to the patient after every half an hour.
3. Curd with Banana
Curd with mashed banana also help a lot to cure diarrhea. Peel off one banana and cut this into small slices or mash this and then add this to a cup of curd. Mix both the ingredients well and give this to your baby once a day until your baby completely get rid of the diarrhea.
4. Greek Yogurt and Fruit Puree
Greek yogurt can be used to cure child diarrhea. Greek yogurt contains more number of nutrients and low in sugar and it is a smooth texture that’s easy for your little ones to swallow. Consuming greek yogurt not only helps to prevent the diarrhea but also helps your immune system to get stronger. Take one small cup of greek yogurt and add a small amount of fruit puree like banana and stir them well before giving this to your child. Continue this process once a day regularly until your child get complete relief from the diarrhea.
5. Continue Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding mothers should continue feeding their infants.This will save the child from getting dehydrated. In addition, mother’s milk provides antibodies specifically tailored to fight baby’s illness, and is quickly and easily digested. Mothers who are breastfeeding might need to adjust their own diet, removing any foods that could trigger diarrhea in their baby.
6. Low Fiber Foods
If your baby is old enough to eat solids, low fiber foods that are easy to digest are a good way to help treat baby diarrhea and help create more solid stools. Foods such as rice cereal, smashed bananas and mashed potatoes are good choices.
7. BRAT Diet
When the child feels well enough to eat, start with a bland diet. Doctors recommends the BRAT diet, which is an acronym for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast but keep giving ORS until your child is completely cured.
Some Precautions and Important Tips
- (i) Children tend to not wash hands and put everything in their mouths. Viral infections are caused by germs. Washing toys and cleaning surfaces children are going to touch as well as washing hands will help kill the germs and prevents diarrhea.
- (ii) Foods containing large amounts of sugar or fat should be avoided.Do not offer soda pop, juice, ice cream, or candy, because they contain a lot of sugar and lack the calories and minerals your child needs.
- (iii) Avoid the juices which have the laxative effect like apple or pear juice.
- (iv) Avoid high fiber foods like citrus fruit, sugary foods such as cakes and cookies, fried foods, milk and cheese because all such foods may actually worsen diarrhea.
- (v) Above remedies are not substitute for medical advice. In case of severe conditions you must consult your with doctor because severe diarrhea can cause dehydration, which if not treated immediately, may lead to death in some cases too.
- (vi) If your child release stool with blood or mucus call your doctor immediately. These are signs that something a little more problematic than an upset stomach may be going on with your child. Any time a child has diarrhea longer than a day you should call your pediatrician(specialist baby doctor).