Treating Diarrhoea

 

In adults, the symptoms of diarrhoea usually improve within two to four days. In certain circumstances it may last longer. If diarrhoea symptoms last more than 24-36 hours consult a doctor or pharmacist.

In children, consult a doctor if diarrhoea symptoms last more than 24-36 hours.

Adequate liquid intake and a light diet is recommended in the treatment of diarrhoea. You can  also ease your symptoms by following the steps below.

Drink lots of fluids
You can avoid dehydration by drinking lots of fluids. Take small, frequent sips of water. You are more likely to be dehydrated if you are also vomiting. Tasectan® is recommended as a complementary treatment to rehydration.
It is especially important that babies and small children do not become dehydrated. Even if your child vomits, still give them frequent sips of water. A small amount of fluid is better than none. Fruit juice and fizzy drinks should be avoided, as these can make diarrhoea worse in children.

Children at risk of dehydration
Your child may be at increased risk of dehydration if they:
• Are younger than one, particularly if they are younger than six months
• Are less than two years old and born with a low birth weight
• Have had more than five episodes of diarrhoea in the last 24 hours
• Have vomited more than twice in the last 24 hours
• Have not been able to hold down fluids
• Have suddenly stopped breastfeeding

If you child’s diarrhoea persists for more than 24-36 hours consult a doctor.

If you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your child and they have diarrhoea, continue breastfeeding or bottle-feeding them as normal. Rehydration drinks should also be given if your child where possible.

Oral rehydration solutions (ORS)
Your pharmacist or GP may suggest drinking an oral rehydration solution (ORS) to rehydrate.

Rehydration drinks can be used along with Tasectan®. They are dissolved in water and they help to replace salt, glucose and other important minerals that you may be losing through dehydration.

Remember to eat
Eat small, light meals and avoid fatty, spicy or heavy foods. If you feel you cannot eat, it should not do you any harm, but make sure that you continue drinking fluids, and eat as soon as you can.
If your child is dehydrated, do not give them any solid food until they have drunk enough fluids. Once they have stopped showing signs of dehydration, they can start eating their normal diet.
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Medication
Tasectan reduces the symptoms associated with diarrhoea usually within 12 hours. It is safe to use in adults, children and infants. For more information see How does Tasectan work?

Loperamide is an antidiarrhoeal that slows down muscle movements in your gut. It is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. You should not take Loperamide if:
• You have a bacterial or viral infection
• You are under 12 years of age
 • There is blood or mucus in your stools