Children often suffer from diarrhea from time to time. Gastrointestinal infections caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites result in frequent, loose and watery stools and severe pain in the abdomen. They also cause nausea and vomiting and if the diarrhea becomes very severe then it can result in dehydration.
Normally, the infection does not last long and is not dangerous but it is important to treat the diarrhea and eradicate the infection at its root. The infection is generally contracted by drinking contaminated water, eating contaminated food or improperly processed or preserved food and by coming in contact with an infected person.
Children often have dirty hands and also they often do not wash their hands after using the toilet and this too can cause diarrheal infections. It is important to impress upon your child to wash his/her hands with soap and water every time after using the toilette.
Five Home Remedies For Diarrhea In Children
Put to boil one liter of water in a pan. When the water starts boiling add two teaspoons of fennel seeds to it. Simmer on a low heat for three to four minutes then turn off the heat. Cool the water and give your child this water to drink as frequently as possible. The more the water your child drinks the quicker will be his/her recovery. Fennel seeds will stop the vomiting and the diarrhea by getting rid of the infection.
Buttermilk is the best remedy for diarrhea. Churn some homemade curd and skim the butter. Add some water to the remaining liquid so that you get a thin consistency of buttermilk. Give this buttermilk to your child at frequent intervals. The healthy bacteria found in buttermilk will eradicate the infection causing microbes and parasites and will soothe the irritated stomach and the intestines.
Put some brown rice to boil in plenty of water. When the rice is cooked, strain the excess water. Cool the water and add a pinch of salt to it. Give your child this rice water three or four times daily. The rice water will quickly settle the upset stomach and will also form the stool. It will provide energy to the body and will also prevent dehydration. You can also give the cooked brown rice mixed with a little curd to your child.
Over the counter remedies are generally not meant for children and they do more harm than good. Therefore it is always good to use simple home remedies that will not only effect a quick cure but will also be extremely safe simultaneously. Children generally relish bananas and eat them readily. Give your child ripe bananas to eat, each time he or she is hungry. Bananas will provide quick relief in the diarrhea.
Boil one liter of water and add two teaspoons of cumin seeds to it. Simmer for three minutes then turn off the gas. Strain the tea and cool it. Mix one teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt into a cup of this tea and give it to your child three times daily. the diarrhea will be cured very quickly.