ORS: Your best friend in treating Diarrhea

ORS: Your best friend in treating Diarrhea

Today I don’t feel right as I have a severe stomach ache, I think I am suffering from Diarrhea again I began to feel nauseous followed by vomiting, fever, and severe pain in my stomach and the worse part run to the bathroom frequently and pass thin and watery  poop making me feel weak and dehydrated.

What causes Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a condition in which poop is frequently discharged from the bowels in a wet watery, sticky form and commonly known as ‘’Loose motions’’ and is caused by gastrointestinal infections induced by viruses and bacteria which are picked up from contaminated food and water.

Sometimes diarrhea can be a non-infectious disease especially if it lasts for several weeks or longer. People with diarrhea can lose up to 20 liters of fluids per day.

So now when we know the causes and effects of this unbearable disease called diarrhea, let us now learn the ways to tackle this running battle. Fortunately, diarrhea often goes away on its own so treatment is not usually needed, over-the-counter medications can offer some relief, but for children, it’s often recommended to consult a doctor before taking any medicines.


  • Your diarrhea persists beyond two days with no improvement
  • You become dehydrated
  • You have severe abdominal or rectal pain
  • You have bloody or black stools
  • You have a fever above 102 F (39 C)


  • Oral rehydration salts (ORS) E.g. – Babylyte, Leolyte, Neolyte, etc.
  • KAPTIN- Suspension works by absorbing excess fluid and reducing intestinal movement; binding substances in the intestine and adding bulk to the stools.
  • IMODIUM-This medication is used to treat sudden diarrhea (including traveler’s diarrhea). It works by slowing down the movement of the gut.


  • Consuming yogurt may help people heal from diarrhea faster.
  • The live natural friendly bacteria in some yogurt may help boost healthy digestion.
  • Avoiding fatty foods may help to reduce the effects of diarrhea as they are hard to digest.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Lather with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  •  Using hand sanitizer when washing isn’t possible.