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Nutritional Management of Diarrhea in Children

Written by
Dr. Krystel Quadros
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Dec 17, 2018 and last reviewed on Sep 09, 2019   -  2 min read

Abstract

Abstract

Children are very susceptible to various kinds of infections and diseases. Hence, it is very essential to take care of their health as they fall sick quite often. One of the reason diarrhea is common is probably the lack of hygienic practices followed in the kitchen.

Nutritional Management of Diarrhea in Children

Following are some of the nutritional remedies for kids with diarrhea.

Plenty of Fluids

If your child is suffering from diarrhea, there is a lot of water loss occurring in your child’s body leading to dehydration. Also, there is a loss of various electrolytes from the body, for example, sodium and potassium losses. Hence, it becomes essential to give your child oral rehydration solution (ORS) to replenish these electrolyte losses. Do not give your child any outside food since your child may be susceptible to contracting diarrhea due to various viruses and bacteria like Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, and Vibriocholerae. It becomes essential to provide your child plenty of fluids to avoid symptoms like convulsions.

Avoid Sugary Foods

Consuming high sugar foods can aggravate the condition of diarrhea and make it even worse. Hence, it becomes essential to consume a balanced diet which is cooked under hygienic conditions to replenish all nutrients lost during diarrhea. A child who is severely dehydrated might even need to be given intravenous fluids in the hospital. Avoid giving your child candies, chocolates, and lactose-rich foods like milk if they are allergic to lactose. Instead, give your child soy milk or almond milk.

Breast Milk

An infant with diarrhea needs to be fed breast milk from time to time as breast milk would provide the infant with essential nutrients as well as hydrate the infant well. Do not feed the infant any other food before the age of 6 months as the gut of the infant is not very well developed and it may cause symptoms like diarrhea.

Fruit Popsicles

Popsicles are a healthier version of candies which your kid will enjoy consuming as it is natural and without sugar. It will replenish the extra water lost during diarrhea. You can make a kiwi popsicle as it tastes lovely.

Probiotics

Sometimes, the reason your child is contracting diarrhea is due to lack of good gut flora. Hence, it becomes essential to replace the bad gut flora with good gut flora as it will help eradicate the harmful bacteria in your child’s gut and prevent as well as treat diarrhea. Buttermilk is another source of probiotic which is good for the gut health as it fills your child’s gut with good bacteria and also strengthens the immunity.

Avoiding Spicy Foods

When children consume spicy foods, it might cause diarrhea as spicy foods trigger the gut. Hence, do not feed your child foods rich in spices with a lot of chilies added to it.

I hope you loved reading this article and would apply the following steps to prevent and treat diarrhea in your child.

Last reviewed at:
09 Sep 2019  -  2 min read

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