Diarrhoea is something that most of us have experienced at some point during our lives. Many of us however are not aware of how we contract the illness and how we can avoid been affected by it. Diarrhoea can sometimes be an embarrassing topic but don’t let this put you off going to your doctors with the illness. Remember doctors deal with this sort of thing all of the time and it’s just another day in the office to them. Always put your health first!
Here are some tips on how to avoid getting Diarrhoea and how to deal with it the next time you have it.
Common Causes Of Diarrhoea
The most common causes of Diarrhoea are viral or bacterial infections, food poisoning or an inflammatory disease. It can also be caused by stress, or an over indulgence in food or drink.
Children And Babies With Diarrhoea
An infant under six months can quickly become dehydrated from diarrhoea. If it continues for more thanhalf a day then you must call a doctor.
If you are breastfeeding a child, the diarrhoea may be due to something that you are eating, such as highly spiced foods, onions, tomatoes or rhubarb. Stop eating any possible irritants and see if the child's diarrhoea stops.
Continue to feed your baby milk. especially breast milk, and let him or her drink plenty of sugar water or flat soft drink. Try to feed this to your baby regularly, approximately every two hours.
When the condition stops, reintroduce easily digested solids such as pureed vegetables and starches. Gradually increase the amount and variety over the next few days.
Give a child clear liquids and avoid solid solid foods. As the diarrhoea tapers off move straight to solids, such as rice and potatoes, or any foods that don’t contain milk or dairy products.
Risk Of Dehydration
An adult should be treated in much the same way as children. However If the Diarrhoea persists for several days and the person hasn’t eaten and drunk enough to replace the lost fluids and nutrients there is a severe risk of dehydration.
If thin and watery stools last for longer than a period of three days or contain blood and mucus it is recommended that you call a doctor immediately. You should also call a doctor if diarrhoea is accompanied by fever, vomiting or severe abdominal pain.
Dealing With Diarrhoea While Traveling
When traveling in a foreign country you can avoid contamination from water or milk by boiling them before consumption. When using water to brush you teeth it’s still a good idea to use water that’s been boiled and allowed to cool. Using bottled mineral water is a great alternative to drinking water from the tap.
In tropical or sub-tropical areas eat cooked fruit and vegetables only, try to avoid shellfish, raw fish and uncooked egg products such as mayonnaise. Ensure you always carry anti-Diarrhoea tablets with you to help settle your stomach.