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Updated on April 7, 2013


Diarrhea is the frequent passage of watery stools. If you have loose, watery stools more than three times in one day, you’ve probably got diarrhea. It occurs when the intestines push stools through its exit before the water component is to retake by the body. This will cause bowel movements to occur more frequently and stools to become watery and loose.

Diarrhea is usually accompanied by abdominal cramps and body weakness. In some people, symptoms are mild but in some, especially in children, diarrhea can become a serious case.

Although usually not harmful, diarrhea can become dangerous or signal a more serious problem. Severe diarrhea can lead to dehydration, a condition in which your body loses too much of the important fluids and electrolytes your cells needs to work properly. Symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, dry lips and mouth, a faster heart rate, rapid breathing, confusion, dark urine and sometimes thirst.


The precise causes of diarrhea is often difficult to pinpoint. Viral stomach flu (gastroenteritis) or by eating foods which upset the digestive system. Other causes of diarrhea include laxative abuse, radiation therapy, intake of certain medications and other conditions such as cancer and diseases of the intestines. Drinking untreated water that contains parasites, viruses is also one of the many causes of diarrhea. Symptoms may develop a few hours to a few days after you drink the contaminated water.


Diarrhea can make your life difficult, whether you are home or on vacation. With these easy to find, but unusual diarrhea home remedies, you can treat or even prevent the next attack.

  1. Kill the bacteria that causes diarrhea by mixing three teaspoons of honey with 10 ounces of purified water. You’ll calm your stomach and drive out that blown up, cramped feeling.
  2. Replenish lost fluids and salt with other simple diarrhea home treatments- like fruit juices, sports drinks, soup, broth or saltine crackers.
  3. Potatoes, noodles, rice, bananas, applesauce and boiled vegetables are also good foods to treat diarrhea.
  4. Mix half a teaspoon of honey or corn syrup with a pinch of salt into an 8-ounce glass of orange, apple or any fruit juice. Then, stir a quarter-teaspoon of baking soda into a separate 8-ounce glass of water. Alternate drinking from both these beverages until they’re gone. This will fight the dehydration that can come with a bout of diarrhea.
  5. Drinking nothing but black tea is another natural cure for diarrhea. You can drink the tea with or without honey, until you’re free of any sign of diarrhea for at least two hours. After which, you may eat two spoonfuls of yogurt every few hours while continuing to drink tea. This will stop vomiting as well.


Children, especially the infants, need special attention when they are experiencing diarrhea. This is mainly because their risk for dehydration is greater than that of an adult. Therefore, when this condition happens, you must know what to do. Here are some of the diarrhea home remedies used for babies up to one year of age.

  1. Diarrhea or Not? First thing to do is to determine whether your baby is indeed experiencing diarrhea. As an infant, having at least six bowel movements a day is not rare. Also, the consistency of the stools is close to watery. However, if your baby is having more frequent bouts of bowel movements than usual, check its interval. Aside from that, the color and consistency must also be observed. If you notice exaggerated wetness or added blood streaks or mucus on it, you must suspect diarrhea. Moreover, if your baby is weak, feverish and sucks poorly, diarrhea is most likely the right diagnosis.
  2. Breast milk or Formula milk. Rehydration is the main goal of any diarrhea home remedies. Whether your little angel is breast-fed or formula-fed, feed your baby more frequently than usual to replenish the lost fluids. It will keep your baby hydrated and at the same time, the milk shall help fight off infections by boosting the baby’s immune system.
  3. Oral Rehydration Solution. Oral rehydration solutions such as Pedialyte or Ricelyte may also be used. This diarrhea home treatment is used usually once signs of dehydration occur. The amount given will depend on the baby’s weight and the extent of dehydration. Therefore, before using this, you must strictly consult with a physician first. Once the dosage is decided, give the solution through a dropper or spoon. You may also put it in a bottle if tolerable.
  4. Solid Foods. Also one of the remedies is the administration of solid foods for babies four months and up. Cereal, strained bananas, yogurts, vegetables, lean meats and mashed potatoes are easily digestible and may also aid in forming up the stools.

Diarrhea may be treated at home but once you see alarming symptoms such as fever, blood or mucus in stools, or if your baby shows signs of dehydration (no urine for more than 8 hours, poor suck, no tears or very dry mouth), immediately proceed to any emergency department to correct the fluid losses of your baby. The quicker you response to your baby’s diarrhea, the better the outcome will be.

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