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- 9 Months ago
Suffering from Diarrhoea? Don't neglect it...
Diarrhoea is a condition, when you pass watery or loose stools more than 3 times in a day. The symptoms commonly are abdominal cramps, bloating, nausea, and frequent urge to pass stools, chills, sometimes fever too.
Diarrhoea is caused due to bacterial, viral or parasitic infections, food intolerance, certain medicines, laxative abuse, diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, etc.
Although it is not usually a very serious problem, it can turn out dangerous sometimes. If it lasts for more than 3 days, or the cramps worsen, or if there is blood in the stools, or there is fever, consult a physician immediately.
Replacing the lost body fluids is of utmost importance, if you have diarrhoea. For the first 24 hrs, you should have clear liquids like vegetable juices, thin rice porridge (kanji), rava porridge, dal water, clear vegetable soups, buttermilk and / or coconut water. Drink as much water as you can. You can mix 1 tsp salt and 8 tsp of sugar in 1 litre water to make your own rehydration preparation.
When the nausea and vomiting is in control, BRAT diet is the most effective. BRAT represents Banana, Rice, Apple (without skin) and Toast. It is a traditional short term diet plan used commonly to manage diarrhoea. Avoid milk, fried/oily and spicy foods till the stomach has settled.