Natural Treatments for Diarrhoea
Home remedies can be used to treat symptoms of Diarrhoea, if symptoms are especially bad, you should always consult a doctor.
Diarrhoea is a common health complaint, and it is almost certain that everyone will at some point suffer from diarrhoea. Although unpleasant it is usually nothing to worry about, and there are a few things that you can do yourself that can help to ease the symptoms, without having to turn to expensive over the counter medicines.
Essentially, diarrhoea is when you are passing looser or more frequent stools than is normal for you. There are so many different reasons that this might happen, but a bowel infection is usually the most common. This infection is usually caused by a virus, bacteria, or a parasite, and are often associated with travelling abroad, however, it can also be the result of anxiety, food allergies, medication, or irritable bowel syndrome.
Like we have previously said, normally diarrhoea is nothing to worry about, and will usually clear up by itself, however, it is important that you stay at home for at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea, in order to stop you from spreading the infection to others.
The main symptoms of diarrhoea are of course passing watery or loose poo frequently. However, you might also experience other symptoms, including; stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, headache, and loss of water. It is really common with diarrhoea to experience dehydration as well, because of the excessive loss of water in your poo, so it is important to recognise the symptoms of this as well, because this can be serious if left untreated. Symptoms include, irritability or drowsiness, passing urine infrequently, pale or mottled skin, cold hands and feet, tiredness or lack of energy, loss of appetite, nausea, feeling lightheaded, dizziness, dry tongue, sunken eyes, muscle cramps, or a rapid heartbeat.
Although we have mentioned that diarrhoea is normally nothing to worry about, there are times where it can be an indication of something more serious and might require the intervention of your doctor. If your baby has had 6 or more episodes of diarrhoea in the past 24 hours, or if they have vomited three times or more in the past 24 hours, you should make an appointment with your doctor, especially if they are showing any signs of dehydration. If your child has diarrhoea, you should contact your doctor if they have had; more than 6 episodes of diarrhoea and vomiting at the same time, watery poo, blood in their poo, have a severe or continuous stomach ache, or are showing symptoms of dehydration. As an adult, you should seek advice from your doctor if you have blood in your poo, you are vomiting constantly, you have lost a lot of weight, you have passed a large amount of watery diarrhoea, if you diarrhoea occurs at night, or is disturbing your sleep, you have recently taken antibiotics or has been treated in hospital, you are showing symptoms of dehydration, or if your poo is dark or black, as this might be a sign of bleeding inside of your stomach.
Try some home remedies
Sip on some clear broth or juice:
Drinking clear broth, or juice, such as apple juice will help to replace any salts and minerals that you have lost because of diarrhoea.
Whilst it is important to keep hydrated, it is important to ensure that you are drinking the right things. Avoid citrus, pineapple, tomato and other juices, because the acids that found in the juices, will irritate your intestines, which will already be inflamed.
Try and work up to drinking a cup every half an hour, in small sips.
Drink fresh, orange peel tea:
Orange peel helps to stimulate digestion and is often used to help treat diarrhoea.
To make this tea, peel an organic orange, and chop the peel finely. Place this all in a pot, before covering with a pint of boiling water. Cover the pot tightly with a lid, and steep until this mixture has cooled. Strain the water, sweeten to taste with honey, before drinking.
Eat some rice:
Plain white rice is well known for the binding effects that it has on bowels, so eating small portions of plain white rice is really great at helping to stop diarrhoea.
Eat small portions, until the diarrhoea has gone completely.
Drink some chamomile tea:
Chamomile is well known for having relaxation powers and is really great at calming diarrhoea.
This is because it has great compounds that help to ease any intestinal spasms that you might be having and will help to combat any inflammation.
Have some honey:
Many people swear by honey as a cure for diarrhoea.
This is really simple thing to do as well. Simply mix four tablespoons of honey into a cup of hot water, before letting it cool, and them sip on the mixture.
Sip on some vinegar water:
This is really great if your diarrhoea is caused by a bacterial infection. Apple cider vinegar is packed full of antibiotic properties, which will help kill the nasty bacteria that is causing the diarrhoea.
On top of this, some people believe that it contains pectin, which is effective at helping to soothe any intestinal spasms.
Eat some apple sauce:
The pectin that is found in apple sauce, can help to firm your bowel movements.
A great snack to eat to settle your stomach is some apple sauce on plain, dry toast, as this will not upset your stomach further.
Drink a glass of buttermilk:
You might not think that a dairy based substance could actually have a positive effect on diarrhoea, but actually, it is a remedy that many different cultures absolutely swear by.
Try mixing half a teaspoon of dry ginger, into a cup of buttermilk, before drinking this mixture three to four times a day.