Diarrhea or loose motion is bacterial infections accompanied by cramps, blood in stools and even sometimes fever. It is a stomach disorder characterized by frequent and very soft or watery bowel movements. The baby becomes very upset and weak and hence it becomes very complicated for mommies to face this difficult situation. Therefore, in this blog, we will understand the causes of diarrhea, its effect along with its symptoms and most importantly we will discuss the effective home remedies to stop diarrhea in babies (for the babies above the age of 6 months).
Diarrhea or loose motion in babies is the condition when a baby passes its stools frequently being watery in nature and more than three times in a day. If a baby is passing stools like fine paste, normal in color and even frequently then it is not a sign of diarrhea.
Usually, it is cured by itself within 2-3 days without any medical help, but if it does not cure by maximum four days then it is good to consult pediatrician (or child specialist) immediately.
The causes of diarrhea can be the following:
Diarrhea if overlooked, then can lead to several complications in babies and sometimes for an adult too. It can give the major issues like:
The symptoms associated with diarrhea include:
Now we will discuss Home Remedies to stop Diarrhea in Babies.
Please remember that the babies below the age of 6 months should not be given anything apart from ‘Mother’s Milk’ in case of diarrhea too. Mother’s milk is a best and most healthy nutrition for the baby. Most importantly, it is a guideline from the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
This is the most effective and successful remedy for the prevention of diarrhea and dehydration. ORS is made up of electrolytes and sugar which is very much beneficial for the treatment of diarrhea. This remedy is been suggested by the doctors and even the health department of the Government of India. Zinc can be consumed in the form of syrup and should be taken for 14 days even after diarrhea is been cured.
ORS sachets are easily available in the medical stores. One sachet of ORS has to mix up well in 1 litre of water and should be consumed within 24 hours. As well as .3+Zinc syrup has to be taken as per the dosage prescribed by the doctor.
Banana helps to restore the potassium levels and it helps the body to absorb the essential nutrients and energy which is majorly lost during diarrhea.
You can give mashed banana to your baby once in a day, preferably at morning. This is one of the most trusted and effective home remedies to stop diarrhea in babies.
Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants and has got fiber components too. Pomegranate is been regarded as a ‘Nature’s Power Fruit’. Its medicinal properties are being used since ancient times.
Personally, I use this remedy for my kids and it proves to be one of an effective home remedies to stop diarrhea in babies.
Curd is a major source of probiotics. Probiotics are the live bacteria and yeasts that are good for health and especially for the digestive system. Therefore, curd helps to improve digestion, and it helps in boosting immunity.
Curd can be given to your baby in two ways:
This remedy is often been termed as ‘Dadimaa ka nuskha’- as one of the home remedies to stop diarrhea in babies.
Rice water is a boon to a stomach when there is situation existing called diarrhea. Rice water gives energy and easy to digest when stomach is upset.
It can be given once during the daytime as frequent consumption of rice water can lead to cough and cold as rice is cold in nature.
Coconut water is very effective in treating diarrhea in babies. Diarrhea leads to the loss of several vital nutrients of our body such as sodium, potassium and many other minerals too. So, this coconut water helps in restoring these important nutrients and it is a good source of energy as it prevents dehydration too.
Applesauce or stewed apple is an effective and most commonly advised home remedies to stop diarrhea in babies. An apple is regarded as a miracle food and we all know about the famous proverb ‘All apple a day, keeps the doctor away’’. Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber which are very good for an healthy body.
For the preparation of Applesauce / stewed apple:
Toast provides carbohydrates and fiber, which are good to maintain healthy digestive system. It also maintains the blood sugar level which leads to the feeling of satiety.
Toast can be given to the baby at any time of the day but it is good to have during breakfast or as an evening snacks. Generally, we do not give toast to the babies who do not have teeth but those who have molars, they can have toast as a home remedy to stop diarrhea.
Arrowroot powder is a white and flavorless powder which is generally been used as a corn flour. It is used to thicken sauces, soups, and curry. Arrowroot is nothing but the starch which comes from the tuberous roots of Tapioca plant. It contains properties which are stomach-soothing and is also an allergen-free. Hence, it is regarded one of an effective home remedies to stop diarrhea in babies.
We can give arrowroot in the form of porridge. The method of cooking is mentioned below:
Buttermilk is low in fat and rich in Vitamin B12, Calcium and Potassium. Since milk is being prohibited during diarrhea; hence buttermilk is a good alternative for the same as it is lighter than milk and easy to digest. Even doctors prescribe buttermilk during diarrhea. It is again one of an effective home remedies to stop diarrhea in babies.
As buttermilk is a byproduct of extraction of cream from butter, hence it may cause throat infections or cold. So it is always advisable to drink buttermilk during the daytime. If the baby is allergic to cow’s milk, then please avoid giving buttermilk, as it contains the same constituents like milk.
Boiled potato is a form of starch food which is easy to digest when the stomach is upset. It works like a wonder and it is one of the easiest home remedies to stop diarrhea in babies.
Boiled potato can be given in mashed form with an addition of salt (to taste) and a pinch of black pepper to make it tastier. It can be given once in a day, preferably at lunch.
This is generally not a very common one of the home remedies to stop diarrhea in babies, but it really works. One spoon of onion juice extracted from fresh onions can be very effective for treating diarrhea.
It can be given twice in a day. It may give a pungent smell out of the baby’s mouth but that too will go away if we give cardamom seeds to eat.
Carrot is good for disturbed bowel movement. It is a high-fiber vegetable hence it helps in binding water in your gut. Fiber also helps in firming up loose stools by adding extra bulk and mass.
Carrot juice can be given to the baby during the breakfast time so as to make breakfast a healthier one even in diarrhea. Carrot juice is again one of the best effective home remedies to stop diarrhea in babies.
Mother’s milk or the breast milk is the best solution to every problem of a baby. It is much more nutritious and healthy for baby’s growth and development. So, please do not stop breastfeeding your baby when he/she is suffering from diarrhea.
So these were the best effective Home Remedies to stop Diarrhea in Babies.
There are many important things that we need to know in diarrhea and more importantly the prevention that need to be taken care during diarrhea.
Lastly, each baby differs from one another, so the causes may also vary. So, do talk to the healthcare professional before giving any medication. If you feel that despite the application of home remedies the situation is not yet solved, then consult the pediatrician immediately for an expert advice and guidance.
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