Got diarrhea and don't know what to do? Here are some tips on how to cope with diarrhea.
- Eating foods high in soluble fiber can slow diarrhea by absorbing the water not being absorbed by the body. Examples of soluble fiber include:
- white bread
- white rice (drinking the water the rice is cooked in also helps)
- Avoid foods that have insoluble fiber such as:
- raw fruits and vegetables
- fruit and vegetable skin
- whole grain bread
- brown rice
- Avoid greasy or spicy foods such as:
- fried foods
- fast food
- bacon or sausage
- salad dressings
- peanut butter
- most desserts
- Replenish fluids you have lost with:
- Gatorade, Pedialyte or other non-carbonated electrolyte replacement drinks
- Jell-O or popsicles
- Increase the intake of foods high in salt and potassium such as:
- dried fruits
- soup or broth
- mashed potatoes
Important Warning #1! - Before increasing salt and potassium intake, consult your doctor to make sure you are not on a salt restricted or potassium restricted diet.
- Increase your calories
- Eat small but frequent meals and healthy snacks
- Decrease your intake of caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, or soda (pop)
- Consult your nutritionist for more ideas on what to eat and what to avoid.
Important Warning #2! - Diarrhea can signal that there is something wrong such as an infection. Notify your doctor when you get diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours.
Important Warning #3! - Remember, diarrhea can cause dehydration if left untreated. The symptoms of dehydration include:
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- dry lips, tongue or mouth
- dark, concentrated urine that may have a strong odor
- decrease in the frequency of urination
If you develop any of these symptoms, contact your physician immediately.