Home remedies for loose motions for infants, kids and adults. Diarrhoea or loose motions refers to the frequent passage of loose or watery unformed stools.
Best home remedies for loose motions
Diarrhoea may be acute or chronic. It is commonly known as loose motions. It is a very common disease, particularly in India, in children.
The small intestine normally gets more than ten litres of liquid per day which comes from the diet and from secretions of the stomach, liver, pancreas, and intestines.
In the case of diarrhoea, water is either not absorbed or is excreted in excess. It is then sent to the colon whose water-holding capacity is limited. Thus the urge to defecate comes quite often.
The main causes of diarrhoea are overeating or eating of wrong foods, putrefaction of food in the intestinal tract, fermentation, caused by incomplete carbohydrate digestion, nervous irritability, use of antibiotic drugs, and excessive intake of laxatives.
Other causes include parasites, germs, virus, bacteria, or a poison which has entered into the body through food, water, or air; allergies to certain substances or even common foods such as milk, wheat, eggs and sea foods; emotional strain or stress in adults and fright in children.
Certain organic disease affecting the intestines may also lead to diarrhoea.
Home remedies for loose motions (diarrhoea)
Buttermilk: Buttermilk in one of the most effective home remedies in the treatment of diarrhoea. Buttermilk is the residual milk left after the fat has been removed from curd by churning.
It helps overcome harmful intestinal flora. The acid in the buttermilk also fights germs and bacteria. Buttermilk may be taken with a pinch of salt three or four times a day for controlling this disease.
Ginger: In case of diarrhoea caused by indigestion, dry or fresh ginger is very useful. A piece of dry ginger should be powdered along with a crystat of rock salt, and quarter of a teaspoon of this powder should be taken with a small piece of jaggery.
It will bring quick relief as ginger, aids digestion by stimulating the gastrointestinal tract.
Mint: Mint juice is also beneficial in the treatment of diarrhoea. One teaspoon of fresh mint juice, mixed with a teaspoon each of lime juice and honey, can be given thrice daily with excellent results in the treatment of this disease.
Pomegranate: The pomegranate has proved beneficial in the treatment of diarrhoea on account of its astringent properties.
If the patient develops weakness due to profuse and continuous purging, he should repeatedly be given about 50 ml of of pomegranate juice to drink. This will control the diarrhoea.
Rice: Rice is useful in treating diarrhoea in children. A teaspoon of powder of charred parboiled rice, mixed with a glass of buttermilk, should be given in doses of thirty grams every half an hour. This will bring excellent results.
Cooked or baked apples are good for diarrhoea. The cooking process softens the cellulose. Much of its value as a regulating material is thus lost and it is effective in looseness of the bowels.
A glass of fresh tomato juice, mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper, taken in the morning, also proves beneficial.
Other starchy liquids such as arrowroot water, barley water, and coconut water are also useful in the treatment of diarrhoea. They not only replace the fluid lost but also bind the stools.
Other home remedies include bananas and garlic. Bananas contain pectin and encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria. Garlic is a powerful, effective, and harmless germ killer. It aids digestion and removes intestinal worms.
In severe cases of diarrhoea, it is advisable to observe a complete fast for two days to provide rest to the gastrointestinal tract.
Only hot water may be taken during this period to compensate for the loss of fluids. Juices of fruits may be taken after the acute symptoms are over.
After the condition improves, meals can be enlarged gradually to include cooked vegetables, whole rice, sour milk. Raw foods should be taken only after the patient completely recovers.
Other useful methods for the treatment of diarrhoea are the application of cold compress at 15.6 degree C on the abdomen and a cold hip bath at 4.5 degree C – 10 degree C.
The procedure for cold compress is to wring a folded cloth from cold water and apply it on the abdomen. The wringing should be just sufficient to prevent dripping.
The compress should be renewed every fifteen to twenty minutes. For a cold hip bath, a special type of bath tub is used. It is filled with cold water so that it covers the hip and reaches up to the level where the patient’s naval is covered in a sitting position.
The duration of the bath is usually ten to fifteen minutes. The patient should rub the abdomen from the naval downwards in brisk anticlockwise movements across the body with a moderately coarse, wet cloth.
The legs, feet, and upper part of the body should remain completely dry during and after the bath.