10 Most effective home remedies for diarrhea in kids

Diarrhea is something which bothers every parent, as it drains too much fluid and makes your little one feel weak. It is a digestive problem that causes loose and watery stool, three to four times a day. Diarrhea in kids is a common condition, which can lead to dehydration or even more serious problems.

Diarrhea  is common in all age groups of kids and is unavoidable because you can’t stop them from playing and getting infected. Infection from viruses like rotavirus, bacteria like salmonella and rarely parasites like giardia are the most common causes of diarrhea in kids.

Causes of Diarrhea in kids.

The suspected causes of diarrhea in kids are:

  • Virus, commonly called stomach flu.
  • Bacterial infection
  • Food intolerance like lactose intolerance or gluten intolerance
  • Food allergy
  • Reaction to medicines.
  • Weaker digestive system.
Symptoms of diarrhea in kids:

Diarrhea can be acute or severe, where acute diarrhea lasts for not more than a week. Severe or prolonged diarrhea lasts longer and  has many other signs. Symptoms of diarrhea in kids may vary from child to child. Generally the symptoms may include.

  • Upset stomach
  • Loose and watery stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomition
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Bloody stool
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
When to consult a doctor?

Mild symptoms of diarrhea can be treated at home. However, if your child develops any of the below mentioned symptoms, consult your pediatrician.

  • If diarrhea persists for more than a week.
  • Vomiting along with diarrhea.
  • Severe stomach pain.
  • Increase in the baby’s body temperature more than 101 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Blood in stool.
  • If the baby is losing weight.
  • If there are symptoms of dehydration in a baby.
Tips for diarrhea in kids:

Rehydration: Rehydration is the process of restoring lost water or fluid to the body. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recommended Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) as essential for clinical treatment of acute diarrhea. ORS treats dehydration caused by severe diarrhea through the replacement of lost fluid, salt, sugar, potassium and other nutrients. Ask your doctor about what type and quantity of ORS to be used.

Maintain hygiene: The most important thing is to maintain a hygienic surrounding. Keep every belonging of your child clean and properly sterilized as far as possible. Proper handwashing can help prevent diarrhea.

Developing immunity: To boost up your kid’s immunity to fight infections just stick to nutrient rich foods, probiotics and follow their vaccination schedule.

Home remedies and foods to overcome diarrhea

Besides keeping your baby hydrated, it is also important to take care of their diet. Offer small meals to your baby at regular intervals. Foods rich in carbohydrates help to maintain the energy level of the body during diarrhea. Potassium rich foods are also important, which may be lost in large quantities through diarrhea. Here is the list of foods that you can offer to your baby during diarrhea:

1.Sugar salt solution:

The body loses a lot of sugar and salt during diarrhea, which is the main cause of dehydration in kids. The first home remedy for diarrhea is homemade sugar salt solution. Boil one liter water let it cool, now add one teaspoon of salt and 8 teaspoons of sugar. Give this solution in regular interval. This is an excellent remedy to keep your baby hydrated during diarrhea.

2.Banana:

It is best to give during diarrhea as it helps to harden the stool. Banana is the rich source of potassium, which helps to balance electrolytes lost due to frequent loose motions. It is a rich source of iron and fiber which contributes to a healthy digestive tract. It is a superfood which can be used as a complete plant to treat digestion. (How to use banana stem in food everyday?)

3.Buttermilk:

Buttermilk is rich in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein, carbohydrates and low in fat. It has great probiotics properties that help to increase the production of good bacteria in the digestive tract, which improves kids gut health, boosts immunity and prevents acidity. It helps to ease the discomfort in the digestive tract. (Nutritious summer drinks for kids keep hydrated)

4.Boiled potato:

Potatoes are easy to digest and best to give your baby during diarrhea as it is high in carbohydrate and provides adequate energy that is lost during loose motion.

5.Coconut water:

It is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, fiber and natural enzymes, which promotes proper digestion. It is rich in nutrients and electrolytes, which makes it an excellent choice to control dehydration. (Coconut remedy for cough for kids)

6.Nutmeg:

Nutmeg or Jaiphal has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce microbial infection and reduces intestinal inflammation. It also has anti-secretory components which helps to reduce the loss of fluid from the body during diarrhea. You can make the powder by rubbing nutmeg on the stone grinder. Give your baby a pinch of this powder with some water. This is also great to treat cold and cough. (Foods and remedies to help with cold and flu)

7.Ginger juice:

Ginger has antibacterial properties that help heal internal infections. This is a reason why ginger juice stands to be effective in treating diarrhoea in children. Add some grated ginger to 500ml of boiling water. Drain the water and let it cool . give sip of this drink to your child throughout the day

8.Lemon juice:

While suffering from diarrhoea, a glass full of lemon juice can help ease the symptoms by neutralising the acids in the stomach and countering bacterial infections.

9.MOONG DAL (MUNG BEAN): 

Mung bean (Moong dal) is an outstanding prebiotic,which helps to maintain gut health. Rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, It helps in digestion and adds more bulk to stool. It is extremely high in Protein, which digests slowly and keeps the kids energetic.(Why to sprout beans for kids?)

10. RICE WATER:

Rice water is starchy water left after rice is cooked. It is a great source of energy, as it contains carbohydrates. It also maintains the fluid level of the body and decreases the frequency of stool.

Foods to avoid during diarrhea.

When your baby is having diarrhea or in the recovery phase, you should avoid these foods.

  • Milk and dairy products
  • Fried  and greasy foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Processed foods specially those with addictive
  • Foods that cause extra gas like  such as cabbage, beans, broccoli, and cauliflower.
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What are Probiotics foods for Gut Health?

What are probiotics foods? Probiotics are live bacteria naturally occurring in food that are good for you, your digestion and your GUT. According to a study, there are approximately 300 trillion bacteria living inside your body. Most of them reside in your gut and majority of them are quite harmless, some are helpful and a small number of them cause diseases. Whenever you get an infection, it is a sign that bad bacteria are affecting your system out of balance. At this point of time good bacteria helps in eliminating those bad ones and maintaining the balance of good bacteria again. Probiotics are the best way to flourish good bacteria in your body.

Most people consider bacteria to be a negative word. They thought that bacteria only made you sick. But Probiotics are those good bacteria that help you fight off diseases causing bad bacteria and restore the balance of both. Food habits, lifestyle and antibiotics, all of them impact the gut health of your body. Your body loses good bacteria when you fall sick and take antibiotics. At this time probiotics can help to maintain the amount of good bacteria in the gut again. The two specific types of bacteria found in probiotics are Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Probiotics also promote the production of natural antibodies in the body. There is no recommended daily intake for probiotics, so there is no way to know exactly what quantity is best. Therefore, add as many probiotic rich foods to your daily diet as you can. (Antioxidant rich foods that kids must eat everyday)

What are probiotics foods benefits:
  • Balance the friendly good bacteria in the gut and improve digestion.
  • Helps in stomach discomforts such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and stomach ache. It reduces the risk of severity of diarrhea from a number of different causes.
  • Research shows that taking probiotics on a regular basis improves the symptoms of mental health disorsssders like depression, anxiety, stress etc. (More foods to manage stress and body ache?)
  • Probiotics may reduce the symptoms of eczema, by restarting the disrupted immune system. (Foods and remedies to manage skin rashes?)
  • Probiotics build your immunity by boosting immune cells and reduces the risk of respiratory infection. (More foods that build immunity?)
What are probiotics Foods
Yogurt:

Yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics, which helps in strengthening the digestive tract and promotes gut health. It is high in protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics which can enhance the good bacteria in the gut. Yogurt is the best food for kids’ gut health.

Kefir:

Kefir i a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, which are high in good bacteria. The process of making is similar to yogurt, but the fermentation process in Kefir is for 24 hours. The result is not a sour curd, but rather a tasty one. You can also load it up with nuts, seeds and berries to make a shake high in antioxidants, probiotics and prebiotics. (Recipe of kefir with hidden fruits, nuts and seeds)

Fermented food:

People have been using fermentation techniques from ages to boost food’s shelf life and to increase its nutritive values. It’s a process through which microorganisms like yeast and bacteria convert the carbohydrates in the food to acids, which act as a natural preservative and promotes the growth of good bacteria. They are the best food to treat digestive disorders. Some fermented foods are kimchi, made from fermented vegetables such as radish and cabbage; it’s a popular Korean dish. Miso is a Japanese seasoning, made from fermented soybeans. Sauerkraut is a traditional food of Europe and made from fermenting finely chopped cabbage. Traditional buttermilk is the leftover liquid you can get during the making of butter and contains lots of probiotics. (Recipe of cauliflower pizza)

Cheese:

Cheese is good for kids’ gut health. There are many kinds of cheese which are prepared by fermentation, but all do not contain probiotics. Only soft cheeses made up of unpasteurized milk, such as cheddar, mozzarella and Swiss are rich in probiotics. The longer the cheese ages the more beneficial bacteria develops in it for your gut health. (Which cheese is better to consume?)

South Indian cuisine:

It’s good news for you, if you love south Indian foods like idli and dosa, as most of the south Indian dishes are rich in probiotics. Idli, dosa and other such foods are prepared by fermenting rice and lentils, which increases the bio-availability of its minerals and helps the body to easily absorb the nutrients. They are the best food to take while having digestive issues. (Recipe of millet Upma/ meal)

Dark chocolate:

It contains both probiotics and prebiotics (food for good bacteria). Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa which is loaded with zinc, iron, copper, vitamins A, vitamin B12 and vitamin K which also relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation. (Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts chocolate spread- Order now)

Kanji:

kanji is a popular Indian fermented drink, which contains lots of gut friendly bacteria (probiotics) which aids in digestion and reduces bloating, gas and promotes a healthy gut. It has a tangy, spice and tart flavor. In India, it is used as a detox drink after festival binge eating, which helps in digestive issues. However, there are many ways of making kanji, the most popular is carrot kanji. It is made by fermenting carrots along with salt, mustard seeds and asafoetida (heeng).(Summer drinks for kids that are nutritious)

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Some Easy Probiotics in foods

Probiotics in foods are live bacteria (naturally occurring in food) that are good for you…your Digestion…your GUT! . Whenever you get an infection, it is a sign that bad bacteria are affecting your system out of balance. At this point of time good bacteria helps in eliminating those bad ones and maintaining the balance of good bacteria again. Probiotics are the best way to flourish good bacteria in your body

Food habits, Lifestyle, Antibiotics, all together impact the Gut health of your body. When you lose “good”bacteria in your body, for example after you take antibiotics, probiotics can help replace them.

GHEE <>YOGURT <> DARK CHOCOLATE <> CHEESE <> KEFIR <> ACV

All these food products have bacterias in them that helps our digestion, immunity, and also increase the presence of more good bacterias in the Gut. It is advisable to go pro-biotic heavy especially after falling sick or taking medicines. Good bacterias lost during infection or otherwise can be recovered by eating food rich in prebiotic and probiotics.

Fermented foods are the most natural source of live bacterias- Probiotics. There is no recommended daily intake for probiotics, so there is no way to know exactly what quantity is best. Therefore, add as many fermented foods to your daily diet as possible.

What is a Pre-biotic?

Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, which are high in bacterias. The process of making is similar to yogurt, but the fermentation process in Kefir is for 24 hours. The result is not a sour curd rather a tasty one. You can also load it up with nuts, seeds and berries to make a shake high in antioxidant, probiotics and prebiotics.

Yogurt has much lower bacterias (less than 5) as compared to Kefir (over 50).

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How do Probiotics rich foods help with Sneezing or Skin Allergy?

Up to 40% of the worlds population (an upward trend!) suffers from some form of allergy. Nut allergy, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, eczema and many others. Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to substances that are usually harmless, such as foods, pollen etc. At least 10% of children around the world have eczema. Probiotics rich foods help to resume the disrupted immune system and fix allergies.

The chances to develop allergies are largely genetically determined. Study shows that 12% of children with no family history of allergy, 30% to 50% of children with a single parental allergy and 60% to 80% of children with biparental allergies will develop allergic disease.

Food allergies

While peanut allergies are what parents hear about the most — which makes sense given that the number of kids with peanut allergies has tripled in the past 15 years — there are other foods that are most likely to trigger an allergic reaction in children- cow’s milk, wheat, soy, egg, fish. Food allergy is different from food intolerance. A child might feel bloated or gassy after having a milk product, but that could be a sign of an intolerance to lactose. However, in case of allergy, the reaction will be much stronger like extreme gut pain or vomiting or even more serious. The good news is that most children will outgrow their food allergy. Approximately 85 percent of allergies to cow’s milk, soy, egg and wheat will resolve by the time the child is 8 years old.

allergy and immune system

An allergic reaction is an immune system response to a particular food protein. 70-80% of immune cells are located in the gut (large intestine). This is also home to 100 trillion bacterias (gut microorganisms). There is enough research linking bacterias to immunity. The shift in lifestyle, rising pollution, use of antibiotics, and processed food consumption has all together impacted the quality of bacterias in our gut. This has contributed to compromised immunity in kids and adults.

Studies state that a lack of diversity in the gut bacterias can also be associated to allergies- seasonal or nut allergies. Children who are exposed to antibiotic or medication soon after birth, increase the chances of developing allergies early on. (Read about peanut allergy)

The good news is that our immune system can be modified from as early as pregnancy to infancy and further as we age. A well developed immune system ensures the maintenance of health for infants and children, throughout life. (What other foods help with immunity?)

probiotics

This is one way to resume the disrupted immune system. Probiotics rich foods are live bacteria found in certain additional food like fermented rice or bean, wine, buttermilk, kefir, kombucha, yogurt, miso, kimchi, aged cheese, pickled vegetables. We provide these bacteria home, and in return they extract vitamins and minerals from food for our body’s healthy functioning.

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