Treating Symptoms

  1. Take Fluids

Make sure to ask your doctor what fluids are best for diarrhea

  • Make sure person intakes more fluids than the loss of fluids through diarrhea – If person is unable to drink more than the loss call a doctor
  • For adults, clear fluids such as: fruit juice, soda, sports drinks and clear broth and avoid milk-based products, such as: alcohol, apple juice, and caffeine – avoid such drink for 3-5 days or the diarrhea may worsen
  • For children and infants, provide re-hydrating drinks such as: Pedialyte, CeraLyte and Infalyte
  1. Make sure to rest

  • Make sure the person gets plenty of rest – strenuous activities can delay or worsen recovery. Keep sick children and infants home and avoid places like school or daycares
  1. Slowly reintroduce regular eating

  • Adults – slowly re-introduce solids and fiber into regular diet as diarrhea gradually fades – avoid fatty, greasy and spicy foods
  • Children and infants – provide digestible foods; follow the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) as toleration of food returns

Call a Doctor

  • Infant, younger than 3 months, is vomiting or has diarrhea
  • Person has a fever
  • Person has traveler’s diarrhea / person consumed contaminated water
  • Black stool / blood in stool / mucus in stool
  • Person is dehydrated
  • Person is in need of over-the-counter diarrhea medicine
  • Person may be consuming medication causing diarrhea
  • Person has more of a loss in stool than can be replaced
  • Bowel movement unable to relieve pain

Call 911

  • If person has severe abdominal pain
  • If person is dehydrated
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