Diarrhea is a common symptom that is characterized by three or more loose stools in a day. Diarrhea typically passes with food, fluids, and rest, but if you find yourself with diarrhea for days, you need to act.
If You’ve Had Diarrhea for Days
If you’re not sure as to whether your case of diarrhea requires treatment, keep in mind the rule of three. Once your diarrhea reaches and exceeds three days, it’s time to take it more seriously (less than three days in the case of a child).
If your diarrhea lasts more than three days, you could be at risk for severe dehydration, so it’s crucial to be on the lookout for the following symptoms (even if they appear before three days):
- Any fever above 102 degrees.
- Tarry, black or bloody stools.
- Signs of dehydration such as excessive fatigue, dry mouth and thirst, increased heart rate, lightheadedness and decreased urination.
Remember that diarrhea in children (especially babies) can be quite dangerous, so call your pediatrician if symptoms persist beyond one day! Children should never have untreated cases of diarrhea for days. In fact, check in with your doctor immediately if your child’s diarrhea is accompanied by a fever over 102 degrees or you see black, tarry, or bloody stool.
What to Do if You Have Diarrhea
Adults have options to treat diarrhea before it takes hold and last for days. Here are some things to do when you first notice symptoms.
Replace Lost Fluids
Replacing lost fluids is first step with diarrhea. Your best options will be clean water, coconut water (no sugar added) and broths. Your doctor might determine you need intravenous therapy (IV) fluids in severe cases of dehydration.
DiaResQ is a food for special dietary use that is safe for children and adults. DiaResQ is made from naturally derived ingredients and provides beneficial nutrients to your intestinal tract to quickly restore function.
Studies have shown that probiotics can shorten the duration of diarrhea. Your doctor or other trusted healthcare provider might recommend specific strains and dosing, but , a broad-spectrum product that includes Lactobacillus GG and S. boulardii is a good bet.
Diarrhea for Days
Diarrhea for days is no joke, so call your doctor after three days or more of three loose stools per day (remember the rule of three!), and consider the above-mentioned tips for a safe and effective recovery.