Just like a fever and cold, loose motions are a difficult phase for the mothers to handle. There are plenty of reasons which causes loose motions in children, such as teething, intake of strong antibiotics, introduction of new foods, improper digestion, change in temperature, etc. Frequent watery stools, irritation, abdominal cramps, loss of appetite, weakness in the body and vomiting are some of the common symptoms of loose motions. Scroll down to learn about some of the best tried and tested home remedies for loose motions.
1. Home based probiotic:
Fresh yogurt diluted with water helps to cure the loose motions immediately. Curd is the best home based probiotic. Add a pinch of roasted cumin powder, sugar or salt, so that the baby drinks comfortably.
2. Lentil water:
3. Tender coconut:
A small portion of tender coconut water in regular intervals can also be a best trick to stop the loose motions. This cools down the body temperature of the baby and helps in the digestion process.
4. Juices and soups:
Juice and soups for children more than 8 months can also tried. For example, carrots are bomb of energy source during loose motions. Boil and puree few carrots with a pink of salt and sugar. Give them once or twice a day. Vegetable soups which are a clear soups can be offered as this can be easily digested and absorbed by the body and relaxes the tummy of the baby. Ensure no hot spices such as green chilies or pepper powder needs to be added in the soup. Click here to learn recipes of potato based soup. Also, find out when to introduce fresh juice to you child.
If your toddler is a year old or more, giving honey can be the best way to effectively stop the loose motions. One teaspoon of honey with cold water can be a trick to trap the bacteria’s causing the uneasiness of the child.
There are hundreds of other remedies as well, such as mashed banana with a small portion of curd, sago water, Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS), pomegranate juice, nutmeg paste with water, arrowroot powder with porridge or milk, buttermilk etc. Avoid milk products which might cause discomfort to the tummy. Consult a doctor, if this doesn’t work in a day or two.
Disclaimer: Each child is unique. There maybe some of the above listed remedies which might not suit him/her. So, do consult your doctor before introducing any new food item to his/her diet. If the case of loose motions is extreme, don’t rely on the home remedies and consult your child’s pediatrician on immediate basis.
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by Ila Asthana