||Home Remedies for Children's DIARRHEA
- Do not give solids to eat during an attack of
diarrhoea, especially if accompanied by vomiting.
- To prevent dehydration it is vital to replace lost
fluids. Make sure your baby or child takes small sips of
cooled boiled water at frequent intervals throughout
- If diarrhoea lasts longer than 24 hours make a special
drink to replenish lost salts: Add 1 teaspoon of salt
and 2 dessetrspoons of sugar to 2 pints (1.2 litres) of
boiled water; add 1 pint (600 ml) of orange or lemon
juice. Give your child a glass of this mixture every
hour until symptoms subside.
- Herbalists recommend Raspberry leaves for diarrhoea
and stomach upsets in small cl1ildren. Add 1 teaspoon
to 1 cup (240 ml) of boiling water, steep for 5
minutes and strain. Sweeten with honey to taste and
give as sips.
- Herbalists may also recommend giving frequent sips of
Meadowseet infusion or tincture, diluted in water.
- Slippery Elm is very soothing and settling. Mix 1/2 1
teaspoon with a little boiled water to make a paste.
Dilute with a little more water until it is fluid enough
to drink. Sweeten with a bit of honey if preferred.
- Several essential oils can help to relieve diarrhoea
when massaged into the tummy:
For babies under 6 months old: 1-2 drops of Lavender
essential oil in 30 ml of Almond oil.
For babies over 1 year old: blend Lavender,
Eucalyptus, Geranium and Peppermint (1 drop of each
in 30 ml of Almond oil).
For children over 5 years old: add Sandalwood to the
blend. This time use 2 drops of each essence in 30 ml
of Almond oil.