Diarrhoea In Kids: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Diarrhoea In Kids: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Diarrhoea in children is more common than in adults. It is a body’s way of cleaning its germs. Diarrhoea can bring fever, vomiting, dehydration, and even rashes. Some of the most common causes of diarrhoea in children are:


  • Infection - Viral infections are the most common reasons of diarrgoea in children. It is followed by watery stools, vomiting, stomachache, headache, and fever. Viral infections leading to diarrhea can take 5 to 10 days to heal completely. Thus, it is vital to prevent water loss from the body. Thus, ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts) water is prescribed to prevent dehydration and loss of energy. However, it is good to consult with your doctor to understand how much amount of fluids in needed by your child and what else apart from ORS can be given to stop loose motions.
  • Food Poisoning - Food poisoning is usually caused by the consumption of contaminated food. The symptoms of food poisoning are usually the same as that of typical diarrhoea - watery stools, vomiting, fever, etc. It is essential to keep your child well hydrated to cure food poisoning completely. Usually, food poisoning gets healed within 24 to 36 hours if proper medication is taken.

Diarrhoea is associated with dehydration in children as well as in children. Therefore, if your child feels dizziness, dry or sticky mouth, very little or no urine, lack of energy, immediately call your doctor.

Home Treatment of Diarrhoea in Children

Diarrhoea usually goes in some days, but it can make children weak and sick. As a home remedy you may try these remedies to help your child getting relief from diarrhoea. However, these home remedies are good and effective to try if your child is above the age of 6 months.

Else, for infants below the age of 6 months, the doctor’s advice is only suggestion

1. Yogurt - Yogurt is considered good for treating diarrhoea. It has live, natural and healthy bacteria that promote healthy digestion.

2. Avoid Sugary foods and drinks - Sugary foods and drinks can make diarrhoea symptoms worse. During usual digestion process, sugar draws fluids into intestines, diluting the stools.

3. Maintain Hygiene - maintaining hygiene becomes vital during diarrhoea. Wash your hands with soap and water properly. This process can cut the transmission of germs by almost 40%.

4. Drink plenty of Water - Regular intake of fresh water can help a lot in treating diarrhoea. Make sure the water is clean and good to drink.


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