Looking back I remember how I would get scared to death if one of my young babies not quite two years old got watery diarrhea. A fever seemed to always accompany this problem. This watery diarrhea was getting worse or so it seemed. My wife or I were losing this battle of taking care of our children. They could not keep the food down. They were constantly using up their diapers. I got so worried I was often ready to cry.
As my children grew a little watery diarrhea and my kids were still a bad match.
My children looked like they lost their best friend. They were often sobbing or crying. The watery diarrhea seemed to take away all their energy. They were listless from an episode of watery diarrhea. Keeping the food down was not easy when one of my babies had a bout of watery diarrhea.
What is Acute Watery Diarrhea?
An increased number of stools or looser form that is customary for the patient, lasting less than 2 weeks, and often associated with abdominal symptoms such as cramping, bloating, and gas. Although often mild, acute diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration as a result of large fluid and electrolyte losses.
What causes acute diarrhea?
Acute, watery diarrhea is usually caused by a virus (viral gastroenteritis.) Medications
like antibiotics and drugs that contain magnesium products are also common offenders. People that alter their diets can also incur acute diarrhea. For some it might be the intake of coffee, tea, or dietetic foods. Colas, gums or mints that contain poorly absorbable sugars can also introduce problems.
Acute bloody diarrhea suggests a bacterial cause like Campylobacter, Salmonella or Shigella. Traveling to underdeveloped areas of the world can result in exposure to bacterial pathogens common to these certain areas. Eating contaminated foods such as ground beef or fresh fruit can cause diarrhea due to E.coli.
Do not rest your intestine during this time. This can cause dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids. Like water and herbal teas. This will keep you stay hydrated and give you a better chance of fighting off the diarrhea.
There has not been a safe and effective drug to treat watery diarrhea. The key word is safe. There have been herbal remedies that can help during this time.
Resources used to complete this article
CS Mott Children's Hospital
Family Practices Notebook
American College of Gastroenterology
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