What is loose bowel movement?

Loose bowel movement is the sudden onset of frequent, loose, watery stools which are urgent and often associated with abdominal cramping. What are the causes of having a loose bowel movement? y Viruses. Viruses that can cause diarrhea include Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus and viral hepatitis. Rotavirus is a common cause of acute childhood diarrhea. Bacteria and parasites. Contaminated food or water can transmit bacteria and parasites to your body. Parasites such as Giardia lamblia and cryptosporidium can cause diarrhea. Common bacterial causes of diarrhea include campylobacter, salmonella, shigella and Escherichia coli. Diarrhea caused by bacteria and parasites can be common when traveling in developing countries, and is often called traveler's diarrhea. Medications. Many medications can cause diarrhea. The most common are antibiotics. Antibiotics destroy both good and bad bacteria, which can disturb the natural balance of bacteria in your intestines. This disturbance sometimes leads to an infection with bacteria called Clostridium difficile, which also can cause diarrhea. Lactose intolerance. Lactose is a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Many people have difficulty digesting lactose and experience diarrhea after eating dairy products. Your body makes an enzyme that helps digest lactose, but for most people the levels of this enzyme drop off rapidly after childhood. This causes an increased risk of lactose intolerance as you age. Fructose. Fructose, a sugar found naturally in fruits and honey and added as a sweetener to
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some beverages, can cause diarrhea in people who have trouble digesting it. Artificial sweeteners. Sorbitol and mannitol, artificial sweeteners found in chewing gum and other sugar-free products, can cause diarrhea in some otherwise healthy people. Surgery. Some people may experience diarrhea after undergoing abdominal surgery or gallbladder removal surgery. Other digestive disorders. Chronic diarrhea has a number of other causes, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, microscopic colitis and irritable bowel syndrome What are the home remedies for loose bowel movement and/or diarrhea?

medications or giving these medications to a child. What are the benefits of water soluble fiber diet? It is good for the heart because it can lower serum cholesterol fiber Capable of binding with bile acids>decreased cholesterol level Slows gastric emptying time and intestinal transit time (longer feeling of satiety and satisfaction, longer time for nutrient absorption) INDICATION: DIARRHEA Delays glucose absorption² INDICATION: Diabetic patients What are examples soluble fiber foods? of water

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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 also may 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. Ask about anti-diarrheal medications. Overthe-counter (OTC) anti-diarrheal medications, such loperamide (Imodium A-D) and bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol), may help reduce the number of watery bowel movements you experience. Certain infections ² bacterial and parasitic ² may be made worse by these 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 taking these

Citrus food Strawberries Apple Vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, potatoes) What is BRATT diet?

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If you are suffering from an attack of acute diarrhea, you should also know about the BRATT diet. This stands for five foods that can help most cases of intestinal upset, especially mild attacks: y Bananas y Rice y Applesauce y Tea y Toast

crackers. boiled or broiled fish and meats. . Then gradually reintroduce other foods: baked. and are easily digested. One tip: dont eat all the items at every meal. skinless chicken. One objection to the BRATT diet is the limited choice of foods. It helps break up the monotony. yogurt. but is really quite tolerable. Theresa R. tomatoes. Eating only these five foods for a few days provides some basic nourishment without adding fat which can further upset your system. milk products like milk or ice cream. citrus.What are the advantages of BRATT diet? These simple foods contain complex carbohydrates. spices. PREPARED BY: LAGMAY. fried foods like burgers and fries. fresh fruit and vegetables (cooked are OK). cooked vegetables. but stay away from foods like high fat foods like pizza. This sounds boring. Stay on the diet until the diarrhea begins to subside. Ma. rice cereal. usually two to three days. and avoid alcohol and tobacco products until stools are fully formed. are usually readily available. excess caffeine.