Vomiting & Diarrhoea
Do you have diarrhoea?
The medical definition of diarrhoea is three or more loose bowel actions with at least one of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps or pain, fever or blood in the stool.
While diarrhoea can be highly inconvenient and embarrassing the biggest associated health risk is DEHYDRATION from the sudden loss of fluid and electrolytes.
What is a diarrhoea remedy?
If you are suffering from diarrhoea, don’t panic. This is your body’s natural way of expelling foreign pathogens and bacteria.
The main stay of treatment to remedy diarrhoea is to STAY HYDRATED!
What to drink to remedy diarrhoea?
The drink you need to remedy diarrhoea is a clinical rehydration formula (Hydralyte) as it has the correct balance of fluid, glucose and electrolytes to hydrate you effectively.
The low sugar, high electrolyte formulation of Hydralyte is absorbed by the body rapidly (due to the activation of the sodium-glucose co-transporters) so even if you have a severe case of diarrhoea and/or vomiting if you sip it slowly the majority of the fluid & electrolytes will still be retained at a cellular level.
What not to drink if you have diarrhoea?
Sports drinks and flat lemonade are often consumed as a remedy for diarrhoea – these drink should be AVOIDED as they are high in unnecessary sugar and they do not contain the electrolytes you require to rehydrate effectively.
Sports drinks have some electrolytes but not enough to replace what you lose in diarrhoea.
Water is NOT a remedy when you have diarrhoea as it will also not replace lost electrolytes.
Other remedies of diarrhoea?
Most people will immediately reach for an anti-diarrhoeal when suffering from diarrhoea – this is very appropriate if you have a meeting or will be on public transport (with no access to a toilet).
The problem with this treatment is it is not a remedy for diarrhoea as this form of treatment will not replace lost fluid and electrolytes. Anti-diarrhoeals act as a ‘pharmacological cork’ so to speak and stop the body’s natural process of expelling foreign pathogens and bacteria. They should only be used when necessary.
Antidiarrhoeals should not be given to children under the age of 12.
What to eat when you have diarrhoea?
If you can tolerate significant fluids you can start to introduce a more solid diet. If hungry, try eating dry starchy food such as rice, potatoes, bread (dry toast is a good option), cooked cereals and dry biscuits (saladas are usually the most palatable).
Make sure you avoid sweet, fatty and spicy foods as your upset tummy will not appreciate them.
What else can I do to remedy diarrhoea?
Sip or suck slowly on Hydralyte at regular intervals (this is will be better than gulping it down), stay close to a clean toilet, have baby wipes handy which will be softer on your bottom, ensure you rest and give your body time to heal.
Don’t be embarrassed as nearly everyone else in your life has been through the same thing. You will laugh about it one day…and thank yourself you had Hydralyte on hand!