Diarrhea occurs when normal absorption of water from the stools has not taken place, so that stools are characteristically loose and runny.
Diarrhea Causes :
There are 2 basic causes of diarrhea.
Excessive fluid in the intestines can result from conditions that decrease the absorption of water from the colon, or from conditions that cause water to be secreted into the intestines, as in cholera or other infections. The body secretes excess water in order to “flush” out disease or toxins, so, if it is possible, it is best to allow diarrhea to run its course.
Excessive propulsive action may be caused by nervous and chemical factors or by partial obstruction of the intestines.
Diarrhea is a feature of many conditions, including dysentery, food poisoning, cholera, typhoid, gastroenteritis, and parasitic infestation. It can also be brought on by stress or anxiety, and in babies it may be caused by lactose intolerance.
Causes of Chronic Diarrhea:
Chronic diarrhea may be caused by Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or cancer of the colon.
*Important: Make sure that you drink enough fluids as you are at risk of dehydration with diarrhea. Restrict your food intake to soups as they are easily digestible.
Multi-vitamin and mineral supplement: Take with food when you are able to eat properly again, to replace lost nutrients.
Important! Again, if possible, allow the diarrhea to run its course as this is nature's way of ridding the body of toxins.
However, the main concern with diarrhea is the possibility of dehydration from the loss of body fluids and electrolytes; especially in young children. According to Dr. Greene of American Baby, "If the diarrhea lasts longer than a week, or is accompanied by more than 72 hours of fever, contact your pediatrician right away.
However, if your baby won't drink or appears to be getting dehydrated (dry mouth, crying without tears, sunken soft spot, lethargic, or going eight hours without producing urine) or if your baby is younger than 2 months old and has diarrhea with a fever. Vomiting for 24 hours, eight stools in eight hours, or the presence of blood, mucus, or pus in the stool; promptly call your pediatrician.