Do you feel that giving medicines for a common health problem in children is unnecessary? Do you wonder if there are any safe home remedies, without any harmful side effects for something that kids battle often and is not dangerous?
Diarrhoea is one such illness, where your child suffers from lose and frequent stool, probably due to virus, antibiotic use or other infections. It can lead to dehydration and loss of energy in children.
If it is mild, you should allow diarrhoea to run its course in young children, above the age of 6 years, as it is nature’s way to get rid of harmful virus and infections.
If it is only causing disruption and not accompanied by fever or vomiting, here are a few natural remedies that can bring relief in symptoms, help treat infection and support recovery.
One of the most important concern of diarrhoea is the risk of dehydration. Offer clear soups, coconut water and sugar-salt ORS (oral rehydration salts) to rehydrate and restore the electrolyte balance.
Plain, sugar-less yoghurt is an easy remedy for treating diarrhoea. The good bacteria, probiotics found in yoghurt, restore the balance in the intestine and protect against infection causing bacteria.
Semi-solid, easily digestible diet
Prefer giving your child well-cooked and bland diet including khichdi or semolina upma which gives energy while being easy on the stomach.
Foods like boiled potato, ripe banana and rice that are high in fibre will help in regulating the consistency of stool. Rice water, rich is starch, is also a good way to stop diarrhoea.
The most recommended home remedy for treating diarrhoea is ginger, as it helps in treating the infection and reduce abdominal cramps. Take a small stalk of ginger, grate it and add it to a cup of boiling water. Let it simmer for 5 minutes before straining. Offer it to your child, with honey if needed for sweetening.
Another popular remedy is fenugreek. The high mucilage content in fenugreek helps in treating the episode and has a strong anti-diarrhoeal effect. Boil a tablespoon of seeds in two cups of water. Let it simmer till it reduces to a cup of liquid. Strain it and let your drink it while it is still warm.
Avoid milk, fruit juices and dairy products
It is best to avoid these foods for a couple of days as too much sugar in fruit juices and lactose in milk can trigger diarrhoea. Yoghurt is the only exception to the list of milk products to be avoided.
These are a few effective remedies, however if the infection runs over a week or is accompanied by fever or other complications, it is best to consult a paediatrician.