child with ongoing diarrhea?
Q:My 5 year old has had this for about 5 days. It has got to the point of being just froth and bubbles!! (sorry)He is slightly flat but still has energy to play, He’s eating but not as much as usual. I really dont want to do the GP thing as they will just want to give me medication. What could cause this to go on and what is a good home remedy to try??
More Answers to “child with ongoing diarrhea?“This could be life threatening. Is he hydrated? Don’t fool around with this, call a local hospital or your MD for advice. NOW!
Start by eliminating all solid foods and have him start sipping warm or tepid drinks to prevent dehydration. Drinking half a cup every quarter hour or so is usually enough. Suitable drinks include water, mineral water,herbal teas, and ginger ale. Clear broths also help replace salts and other minerals lost. You can make your own rehydration fluid by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, a pinch of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of corn syrup or honey in an 8 ounce glass of water. If you choose a commercial sports drink make sure that the sugar content is low, anything over 10% can aggravate diarrhea.Follow the B.R.A.T diet. Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. This is what you should do for him when he feels like eating, but preferably not within the first 24 hours of the diarrhea. Apples and other fruits high in pectin help counteract the diarrhea; that’s why unsweetened applesauce is a traditional home remedy. Other suitable foods include salted crackers and chicken-rice soup to help replenish lost sodium and potassium. Avoid milk products until symptoms disappear; some of the organisms that cause diarrhea can temporarily impair the ability to digest milk. Although cooked and pureed fruits and vegetables can usually be tolerated, don’t eat raw fruits, high fiber vegetables, and fats until everything is back to normal. Avoid caffeine. Even within 48 hours after diarrhea has stopped.I understand you not wanting to go to the doctor about it, but 5 days is a long time to have diarrhea. Immediately start getting him hydrated. Start this treatment right away. Sounds like a stomach virus of some sort. Good luck to you and your little guy.