Diarrhoea in children can be caused by many things, and when it happens as a parent you may panic and want your child to feel better immediately.
But what works, and what doesn’t? Let’s separate diarrhoea facts from fiction.
Stick to the “BRAT” diet.
The BRAT diet is an acronym for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. But BRAT foods don’t have enough other nutrients your child needs, like protein and fat. When diarrhoea starts, your child might not want to eat anything at all. It’s okay to wait until symptoms stop or slow down before you begin to introduce foods. Make sure your child stays hydrated.
Once your child’s appetite returns and they’re interested in eating, you can look beyond BRAT. Watermelon, sweet potatoes, broth, oats, or skinless chicken are simpler foods that can keep tummies calm while providing various nutrients your child needs to recover.
If there’s no fever, you don’t have to worry.
A fever is sometimes present with viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) and can get better on its own. However, if your child’s condition lasts for more than 24 hours and/or your child has symptoms of dehydration, stools that contain blood, pus, are black and tar-like, or they complain of severe tummy or rectum pain, or have a fever of 38 °C, contact your doctor.
Sports/energy drinks will help speed up recovery.
Children are particularly at risk from dehydration as diarrhoea causes them to lose fluids. Make sure your child stays hydrated. Opt for non-sugary liquids like water, tea (non-caffeinated or herbal), or clear broths in between meals. Your doctor may recommend a rehydration product specifically for children that contains less sugar.
Diarrhoea is always caused by stomach flu or food poisoning.
Your child can return to school as soon as their symptoms stop.
Keep your sick child away from school for at least two days after their symptoms have gone. This ensures your child is healthy again and avoids spreading the illness.
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Make sure your child washes her hands regularly; this is one of the best ways to fight the germs that cause diarrhoea. Use soap and water and scrub for the duration it takes you to recite the alphabet or sing the happy birthday song!
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