Diarrhea, which is also known as the persistent watery and loose bowel movement, can be caused by numerous factors that may result to severe complications once a compromised individual experiences such condition. The main concern when diarrhea sets in is the fluid electrolyte imbalance that would occur further resulting to dehydration.
What Causes This Diarrhea?
There are certain factors why this occurs, and it would explain how you can be able to prevent from such happening:
- Digestion of soiled food.
- Eating improperly handled food, usually those which you do not know the person handling and preparing it.
- Underlying condition such as the IBS or irritable bowel syndrome.
- Drinking water that is not potable, unclean, and unsafe.
Precautions while treating Diarrhea at home
The most important thing to handle when a person suffers diarrhea is to check his fluid status. If the person still eats and drink and whether they seem to be sluggish. These are the signs and symptoms you would need to watch out for. This may indicate the person experiencing severe dehydration, and it could lead to serious complications.
- Difficulty of waking up. If the individual seems sluggish, fatigued, and easily gets tired. Watch out for this carefully especially in infants and in elderly people.
- Poor skin turgor. Skin turgor means the elasticity of the skin. Usually if you pinch the skin, it would immediately flatten out. If the person is severely dehydrated, it would usually take time for the skin to go back to its normal state.
- Sunken eyes are very common and usually observed in infants suffering from diarrhea.
Diarrhea Home Treatment
Once these signs and symptoms occur, it is best that you bring them to the nearest hospital. However, if it still can be managed at home, here are the following remedies you may follow:
- Prepare a homemade Oresol. It is made of a glass of water with 2 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of salt. Mix these and drink the fluid.
- For breastfed infants, continue to breastfeed the child if he wants to.
- Eat bland foods; usually those that have a bland and bitter taste would work well for individuals suffering from diarrhea.
- Avoid oily and fatty foods. It would only worsen your condition.
- Make a decoction out of guava leaves or avocado leaves. Place these leaves in a pot filled with water and allow it to boil. If you want it served hot, you may drink the decoction after allowing it to boil for some time. If you want it served cold, you may let it sit for a while.