Lifestyle and home remedies

Diarrhea caused by viral infections typically ends on its own without antibiotics. Over-the-counter (OTC) anti-diarrheal medications may slow diarrhea, but they won't speed your recovery. Certain infections — bacterial and parasitic — may be made worse by OTC medications because they prevent your body from getting rid of what's causing the diarrhea. Also, these drugs aren't always safe for children. Check with your doctor before giving these medications to a child.

Take these measures to prevent dehydration and reduce symptoms while you recover:
Drink plenty of clear liquids, including water, broths and juices every day. But, avoid apple and pear juices until you feel better because they can make your diarrhea worse. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Eating gelatin may also help.

Add semisolid and low-fiber foods gradually as your bowel movements return to normal. Try soda crackers, toast, eggs, rice or chicken.

Avoid certain foods such as dairy products, fatty foods, high-fiber foods or highly seasoned foods for a few days.
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