How should parents take care of children with diarrhea in the summer?

Summer is the time when children often have diarrhea due to poisoning. When a child has diarrhea, if parents do not know how to handle it properly, it can make the disease worse and cause diarrhea, lasting, greatly affecting the child's development later.

Causes of diarrhea in children 

Diarrhea is a very common disease in children under 5 years old, with an average rate of 1 child suffering from 0.8-2.2 episodes of diarrhea per year. The disease is transmitted through the fecal-oral route (diarrhea is the source of infection). Diarrhea in children is mainly caused by viruses and bacteria.

Signs that a child has diarrhea due to an infection

When diarrhea is caused by an infection, children often have the following symptoms: loose, watery stools; Children have diarrhea many times a day, stools have a sour smell, mucus, blood if it is dysentery; Children vomit a lot; Children who are thirsty should only drink water; Anorexic…

In case the child is dehydrated, there will be signs: Thirst, sunken eyes and dry, crying see few tears; dry lips, dry mouth: pinching the skin shows a slow loss of wrinkles due to dry skin with less elasticity; concave fontanelle, cold limbs, rapid and weak pulse, rapid breathing... If not handled and treated promptly, it will leave many serious complications.

How to treat and care for children with diarrhea caused by bacterial infections

Rehydration and electrolytes 

Children with acute diarrhea should be given priority to rehydration of fluids and electrolytes at home with osmotic oresol. It is recommended to use oresol sachets of standard concentrations. This type of oresol helps reduce the volume of feces excreted by 30%, helps children limit vomiting by 20%, reduces the rate of intravenous infusion by 30%, reduces the duration of diarrhea and does not cause hyponatremia complications.

Usage: Children under 2 years old drink 50ml after each bowel movement; 2-10 years old drink 100-200ml; over 10 years old drink until thirst is gone.

Boots Zinc

Diarrhea makes children lose zinc, so boots zinc when having diarrhea helps promote healing of intestinal mucosal cells, helps children strengthen immunity and quickly recover from illness.

Boots Probiotics

Providing probiotics to help strengthen the intestinal mucosal barrier and push out pathogenic bacteria.

Boots digestive enzymes

Boots digestive enzymes (lactozyme, neopeptine...) for children to have more digestive enzymes, help children digest and absorb nutrients better.

Parents should note: Do not use antibiotics when the child does not have bloody diarrhea. Do not use anti diarrhea medicine because it will cause the accumulation of toxins and bacteria in the intestine, making the disease worse.

Source: Health and Life Newspaper