Dealing with Diarrhea

Health & Digestion

Dealing with Diarrhea

What is diarrhea1?

Diarrhea is the sudden increase in the frequency and looseness of your little's stools. It can range from mild (a few loose or mushy stools) to severe (the passage of many watery stools). However, the best indicator of the severity of diarrhea is its frequency. Dehydration is the main complication of diarrhea, from the loss of too much body fluid.

What causes diarrhea2?

Diarrhea is usually caused by gastroenteritis, a viral infection of the lining of the intestines. At other times, it may be caused by bacteria or parasites. Food allergies or consuming too much fruit juice may also cause diarrhea. If your child has just one or two loose stools, the cause is probably something unusual your child ate.

How dangerous is diarrhea to your child3?

Persistent, uncontrolled diarrhea may lead to dehydration, excessive loss of water and electrolytes - which can cause electrolyte imbalance and circulatory shock. Therefore, it is important for you to watch out for symptoms of dehydration such as dry lips, sunken eyes, poor urine output, lethargy or inactivity. Seek out treatment without delay before the diarrhea becomes more severe.

How can you prevent your child from having diarrhea?

Always practice good hygiene habits. Ensure all feeding equipment used is properly sanitised at all times. Be conscious of the correct concentration and quantity of supplementary nutrition you feed your child (e.g. formula milk), and that the amount fed suits the needs and age of your little one.

Most certainly, the right nutrition can help increase your child's natural defence against most infections. Friso Gold contains Frisoshield, which is a formula with essential nutrients such as Vitamins B6 and C, Selenium, GOS, Zinc and DHA to help your child grow stronger from the inside, for better resistance on the outside.

Reference:

1,2 http://www.childrenshealthnetwork.org/CRS/CRS/pa_diarrhto_hhg.htm
3. http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/dehydration_and_diarrhea
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