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Anyone know a miricle cure for the runs?(7 Posts)
All 3 of my children have had the runs for a week now, they seem fine otherwise but if i take them to the docs he will just advise starving them for 24 hrs, and that would just be a living hell with 3 kids.
anyone have any suggestions?
p.s have tried Dioralyte relief from chemist and none of them will touch it.
Diarrhea in Children
Children can have acute or chronic forms of diarrhea. Causes include bacteria, viruses, parasites, medications, functional disorders, and food sensitivities. Infection with the rotavirus is the most common cause of acute childhood diarrhea. Rotavirus diarrhea usually resolves in 5 to 8 days.
Medications to treat diarrhea in adults can be dangerous to children and should be given only under a doctor's guidance.
Diarrhea can be dangerous in newborns and infants. In small children, severe diarrhea lasting just a day or two can lead to dehydration. Because a child can die from dehydration within a few days, the main treatment for diarrhea in children is rehydration.
Take your child to the doctor if any of the following symptoms appear:
Stools containing blood or pus, or black stools
Temperature above 101.4 degrees Fahrenheit
No improvement after 24 hours
Signs of dehydration
Diarrhea and dehydration?
General signs of dehydration include:
Less frequent urination
Dark colored urine
Signs of dehydration in children include:
Dry mouth and tongue
No tears when crying
No wet diapers for 3 hours or more
Sunken abdomen, eyes, or cheeks
Listlessness or irritability
Skin that does not flatten when pinched and released
If you suspect that you or your child is dehydrated, call the doctor immediately. Severe dehydration may require hospitalization.
When should a doctor be consulted about diarrhea?
Although usually not harmful, diarrhea can become dangerous or signal a more serious problem. You should see the doctor if:
You have diarrhea for more than 3 days.
You have severe pain in the abdomen or rectum.
You have a fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
You see blood in your stool or have black, tarry stools.
You have signs of dehydration.
If your child has diarrhea, do not hesitate to call the doctor for advice. Diarrhea can be dangerous in children if too much fluid is lost and not replaced quickly.
there's a great homeopathic remedy called arsenicum album (or just arsen alb). But I agree with the other posts - a week is too long, you should probably take them to the doctor
you need to make sure the kids dont dehydrate. other than that, it is best to let it run out. and the starving part is needed to alow the stomach a rest.
something that my mom always used, and i have also found to work wonders is to make up a brew of fennel seeds and mint leaves. basically boil some water. add a handful ofthe seeds and some mint leaves, cover, letting it brew for a few minutes. and drink it when temperature is bearable. it stops dehydration and is soothing to tummy. add some sugar to make it more palatable to the kids.
hope they get better soon
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