Baby Loose Motions Natural Cure | How to Prevent Diarrhea

What are the Causes of Loose motions in Children?

Loose motions or diarrhea in acute cases may be caused by a wide spectrum of organisms including vibrio-cholerae, E. coli, shigella, salmonella and in younger children Rota-virus is a common cause of diarrhea.
During loose motions a child may lose almost as much as water and electrolytes from the body as an adult. Child is usually irritable, thirsty and may have fever or vomiting as an accompanying symptom.
Other causes of chronic diarrhea in children include inflammatory bowel disease, cow’s milk allergy, celiac disease or mal-absorption of carbohydrates.

How to Prevent Loose Motion or Diarrhea?

  1. Avoid eating outside food and stale food.
  2. Drinking water should be thoroughly boiled and purified before use.
  3. Vegetables should be washed thoroughly before cooking them.
  4. Simple sanitary preventive measures like washing hands with soap after visiting the toilet is very helpful.
  5. If the child is on breast milk feeding do not stop feeding, as breast milk offers protection from diarrheal illness.
  6. In non breast fed children taking cow’s milk, milk should be diluted with equal volume of water to reduce lactose load and fed along with ORS, till loose motions subside.
  7. In older children, a well cooked porridge or gruel of rice is well tolerated and bananas are also good.
  8. Fruit juices and cold drinks with high sugar content should be avoided during diarrhea.
  9. Replenishing the lost water and electrolyte with ORS is absolutely necessary in cases of loose motions.

Home Remedies for Loose Motion or Diarrhea

  • Peel off pomegranate, dry the covering and powder it. This can be taken one teaspoon twice or thrice a day depending upon the severity of loose motions. It helps reduce the frequency of loose motions and also improves appetite.
  • Goat’s milk boiled with equal quantity of water taken 10 to 20ml in divided doses relieves diarrhea.
  • In children’s diarrhea, the buds of pomegranate are to be given with goat’s milk.


  1. Dana bain said:

    My 29 month old grandson has had diarrhea for 4 days. He doesn’t have an appetite. He drinks plenty of water and milk. He attends day-care, where I assume he picked up the diarrhea. He might go all day without having loose stools then later of the evening it is like a dam burst. How are the baby lose motions treated?

    August 19, 2009
  2. RJ said:

    My 10 month old baby is suffering from frequent loose motions, 6 to 7 times in every 15 to 20 minutes. The color of his stools is green. It is watery in nature. Also he is vomiting. I have referred him to a pediatrician, he has prescribed medications which I am giving him regularly, but there is no improvement in his conditions. I am terrified and anxious. What should I do?

    May 26, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Your baby needs continuous medical attention since he is having loose motions and vomiting. Follow the advice and medications given by the doctor. It is of prime importance to prevent dehydration. If you are breast feeding, continue doing so. Also give him pomegranate and apple juice which is prepared at home. Crush one ripe banana and give him as required. It helps to bind the stools. And above all, keep patience, usually loose motions takes some days to get cured.

      May 28, 2012
  3. MS said:

    My one year and two months baby is suffering from loose motions from last one week, four to six times in a day and it is watery in nature. I have referred him to a pediatrician and he has prescribed ORS which I am giving to him but there is no improvement in his condition. What should I do?

    July 23, 2012
  4. lavi said:

    If the baby is breast feeding then mother should take care of her food menu. She should reduce salt, chilly and spicy food until the child’s loose motions are controlled. She should incorporate rice starch in her food at the same time she should avoid drumstick curry, brinjal etc.

    March 7, 2013

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