I’m a paediatrician. As I finished my OPD checkups today, I noticed that we have started getting more complaints about loose stools this month as compared to previous months.. So, thought I should write about it.. If you notice these symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.
- Passing of loose stools/watery stools more than 3 times per day or a change in stools texture.
- If you notice any blood in stools and if it is hard or watery.
- If your child has diarrhoea, is lethargic and not able to drink/eat.
- If your child has diarrhoea and is passing less urine.
- If your child has diarrhoea and her eyes look sunken or skin feels cool.
Most diarrhoea cases are due to a virus. And with treatment, it takes about 4-5 days for diarrhoea to get cured. So, please don’t change your doctor if the diarrhoea does not stop immediately or within a day or two. We should not give anti motility agents to stop diarrhoea immediately.Don’t worry if your child has loose stools but is eating and drinking well, passing urine normally and playing.The main concern is that the child should not suffer from water and electrolyte imbalance because of diarrhoea as salts and water of the body are lost in loose stools.
What Can You Do at Home?
Look for the signs I have mentioned above, if present, consult your doctor immediately. If not, give ORS (Oral Re hydration Solution) which is available easily at medical stores. If a medical store is not available, you can also make ORS at home.
How to Make ORS at Home?
Add 1.5-2 teaspoon of sugar plus a pinch of salt to a glass of water. The only disadvantage is that it doesn’t have potassium. Store-bought ORS in any case is better than homemade ORS.
What Else Can You Give?
Banana and coconut water are very good sources of potassium. You can also give daal, rice water, bread, roti, curd, and khichdi. If the child is breastfed, continue breastfeeding.
What Should Not Be Given?
Fruit juices, cola drinks, preserved beverages shouldn’t be given.ORS should be prepared correctly. Incorrectly prepared ORS can lead to complications.Will discuss about ORS in subsequent blogs. Till then, take care mommies. ?
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