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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Overview)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea may result in dehydration.


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Can certain formulas cause diarrhea?

Can certain formulas cause diarrhea?

Yes: If all babies were just alike there would be only one infant formula. Yet everyone knows that babies are born with differences; this can extend into tolerance or intolerance of infant formula. Perhaps the most common are cow milk protein allergy and lactose intolerance. While not exactly the same, symptoms of increased gasiness, colicky pain, and diarrhea are common hallmarks of these disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
3,124 doctors shared insights

Diarrhea (Overview)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea may result in dehydration.


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What does a light red color in your diarrhea mean?

What does a light red color in your diarrhea mean?

See your doctor: Red in color to your stools could indicate blood. You should probably see your family practice physician to look for causes. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Stay well hydrated
Daily
Try a constipating diet
Daily
Try BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, and toast)
Daily
See a GI doctor (gastrointestinal specialist)
Once
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How to treat diarrhea ?

How to treat diarrhea ?

BRAT diet: Bananas, rice, apples and toast. A simple low fat diet will help you get over it soon. ...Read more

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My son has diarrhea how do I treat it at home and?

My son has diarrhea how do I treat it at home and?

Feed hrough: If your son has recent diarrhea initially just feed through it. It usually resolves itself. For more serious diarrhea especially with vomiting a balanced electrolyte (fluids salts and sugar) may be helpful. Rice, apples and bananas can be binding. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

heme test stool
daily
dietary changes
3x day
stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
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How is diarrhea treated?

Depends: That depends on the cause. In some cases, antibiotics or anti-parasitic drugs are needed. In others, it's just a matter of keeping hydrated until it runs its course. ...Read more

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What is a good oral rehydration solution without sugar for treating acute diarrhea?

What is a good oral rehydration solution without sugar for treating acute diarrhea?

Glucose needed: In diarrheal illnesses glucose (ie sugar) is needed to help increase the absorption of sodium and this water from the intestine. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for diarrhea?

Fluids fluids fluids: Drinks plenty of fluids to keep up with the fluid losses. There are medications that can slow down the diarrhea such as lomotil, but they may prolong the episode of the loose stools. Its better to let the body flush it out naturally, while you keep up with the fluid losses. ...Read more

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Are there any safe treatments for diarrhea?

Diarrhea: The safest treatment for diarrhea is adequate hydration, preferably with water and/or electrolytes and avoidance of its cause. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more