Help! My child has diarrhea

Diarrhea is a symptom that could be the result of something wrong in the gut. The first response of the gut when something is not working as usual, is trying to “clean” the area by increasing the speed of the transit of its content. Also by decreasing the reabsortion of liquid and therefore the consistency of the stools become more liquid.

In general when it comes to cases of “food poisoning”, they are called gastroenteritis, these cases usually resolve spontaneously, with very little attention the body deals successfully with the episode. The advice is to drink enough water, eat small amounts of food, reduce the intake of sugar, cereal and potatoes, the symptoms gradually tend to disappear.

But if diarrhea persists for several days, then the search for other causes should start with the help of a medical practitioner. There are many causes of diarrhea, they may be originated in the gut or even from outside of it. A key sign to see how important it is to be alert if it is associated with blood and/or mucus, in which case it should accelerate the consultation with the specialist. It is essential to avoid self-medication, anti-diarrhea, analgesics and antispasmodic drugs can lead to high-risk situations that can derive into emergency surgery.

Hydration is important because the bowel can lose several liters of water and salt in a few hours, especially in younger children. Liquid should be taken in relation to each deposition, as general idea on every visit to the bathroom about 250 ml (one glass of water) of liquid is necessary to replace the lost. The liquids should be in the form of water, broths, lemonade with no sugar, avoid Gatorade or any pop soda, they are full of sugar and can dehydrate even more