The solution of Diarrhea or thin stools

By | October 30, 2021
Diarrhea or thin stools

Diarrhea or thin stools are usually caused by germs entering the stomach. And in most cases, it gets better within a few days. However, if dysentery causes severe dehydration, it can also be a cause of death. This article covers ways to prevent dehydration and what to do in case of thin stools.

Diarrhea or thin stools

Symptoms of diarrhea

We usually use the words ‘diarrhea’ and ‘thin stool’ in the same sense. However, in medical terms, just because your stool is soft or thin does not mean that you have dysentery. Three or more soft or thin stools throughout the day are usually called diarrhea. Also, if someone has a thinner stool than usual, it is also considered dysentery.

For babies who are breastfed, their bowel movements are naturally soft and sticky. This is normal stool.

Symptoms of dehydration

In case of diarrhea, a lot of water and necessary salts are excreted from the body. When this deficit is not filled, dehydration occurs. And if this dehydration goes to an extreme level, it can lead to death. So the first treatment for diarrhea is to fill the dehydration. The main symptoms of dehydration are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Thirsty
  • Dry or itchy eyes
  • Dark, intensely foul-smelling urine
  • Decreased amount of urine

Domestic treatment of thin stools

Usually, you can treat thin stools at home. The most important thing, in this case, is to drink plenty of fluids and eat food to avoid dehydration.

1. What to eat if you have a thin bowel movement?

The main thing to do in the treatment of diarrhea is to make up for the lack of water and salt in the body. Therefore, if you have diarrhea, you should eat plenty of food saline, liquid drinks, and nutritious food. It is usually advisable to take one packet or half a liter of food saline after each thin stool. Liquid drinks include chira water, rice starch, or coconut water. You can add a little salt to the rice flour.

Eat whenever you feel like it. In the case of infants, breastfeeding must be continued.

Don’t eat if you have diarrhea

There is no reason to believe that eating certain foods will cure diarrhea. For example, there is a widespread belief that diarrhea patients can eat nothing but white rice and glassware. This idea is not correct. Even if you have a thin bowel movement, you should eat all kinds of nutritious food made in a clean environment. However, in case of diarrhea, avoid fruit juices, soft drinks, coffee, and sugary tea bought from the market. Because playing these can make diarrhea worse.

2. Diarrhea medicine

Diarrhea usually stops within 5-6 days, but dehydration caused by diarrhea requires immediate treatment. In most cases, it is possible to get rid of diarrhea through treatment at home. The  medicines are mentioned below:

1. Food saline: It is usually advisable to take one packet or half a liter of food saline after each thin stool. Rehydration at home, but the domestic ways of making rehydration can. Chira water, rice starch, or coconut water can also be eaten. You can add a little salt to the rice flour. If you feel nauseous, try to eat small kisses.

2. Zinc tablets: Studies have shown that the drug zinc tablets can reduce the duration of thin stools by one-fourth. According to the doctor’s advice, you can take 20 mg zinc tablets or syrup for 10-14 days.

3. Paracetamol: Paracetamol can be taken if you feel discomfort in the stomach. Before giving the medicine to the child, read the instructions with the medicine well, and you must take the right amount of medicine according to the age.

4. Loperamide-like medicine: In case of emergency, the doctor may advise you to take loperamide-like medicine to close the stool for a few hours. However, the drug should never be used without a doctor’s advice and in children under 12 years of age. This can be harmful to health.

Nutritious food should be eaten along with medicine. Diarrhea is caused by malnutrition, again due to diarrhea various nutrients are excreted from the body. So babies under six months of age should continue to eat breast milk and nutritious food for everyone. However, keep in mind that in case of severe dehydration, you may have to be hospitalized and given saline intravenously.

Medications that should not be taken in case of diarrhea

  • Medicines to stop diarrhea should not be taken in children under 12 years of age.
  • Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Make sure that the word ASPIRIN is written below the name of the drug.
  • Do not take any antibiotics or medications to stop rapid bowel movements without a doctor’s advice.

3. What to do to prevent the spread of diarrhea in the family

In case of thin stools or diarrhea, the patient needs adequate rest. It will help you to recover faster, on the other hand, it will also play an important role in stopping the spread of this contagious disease.

Stay at home for at least two days after recovering. Do not send your child to school or return to work on your own. Otherwise, this thin stool or diarrhea may spread among others.

What to do to prevent the spread of diarrhea

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Wash clothes or bed sheets that come in contact with the toilet or vomit separately with warm water.
  • Clean water faucets, door handles, toilet seats, flush handles, and areas that may come in contact with germs every day.

Do not do anything if you have dysentery

  • If possible, refrain from cooking for others.
  • Do not share your dishes, knives, towels, clothes with anyone.
  • Do not go down to the pond or swimming pool until 2 weeks have passed since the symptoms went away.

When to go to the doctor for treatment?


In case of diarrhea, if any of the following symptoms occur, consult a doctor immediately. The severe symptoms   are given below:

  • Blood or adhesive mucus going to the toilet
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Dysentery does not improve
  • Dehydration not being met
  • Fever for more than 48 hours dysentery, meaning body temperature above 101 degrees Fahrenheit

These indicate a serious condition, so it is very important to start the treatment as per the doctor’s advice along with the home treatment.

Causes of diarrhea

The most common causes  are:

  • Having a bacterial attack or infection in the stomach. It is also called gastroenteritis. It usually heals within a few days.
  • Invasion of a virus called norovirus.
  • Food poisoning or food poisoning is also a common cause of thin stool and dysentery. Read our article on food poisoning to know more about this.

Also, the causes that can cause diarrhea or thin stools are:

  • Drug Side Effects – Read the instructions given with any drug to see what are the side effects of the drug
  • Allergies to certain foods or intolerance to certain foods
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Diverticular disease
  • Covid-19

Reference by Beth Y. Karlan, MD

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