Avoid giving your child juice, chicken
broth, soda pop, sports drinks,
ginger ale, or tea. These drinks do not contain the right mixture of minerals
and sugar to replace lost fluids and may make the diarrhea worse.
Do not offer soda pop, juice, ice cream, or
candy, because they contain a lot of sugar and lack the calories and minerals
your child needs.
You may use plain water to replace lost fluids if
your child is older than 1 year of age and is eating food.
Do not withhold food from your child. Studies have shown that children who are fed easily digestible
foods have shorter episodes of diarrhea.
If your child drinks cow's
milk, he or she may continue to drink it.
Do not give your child
prescription or nonprescription medicine to stop diarrhea unless you are told
to do so by your child's doctor.
Protect the diaper area with zinc
oxide or another cream. Diaper rash is common after diarrhea.
Wash your hands and
your child's hands thoroughly after each diaper change and before each
Until your doctor has assured you that your child's
diarrhea is not infectious, your child should not attend school or day
Learn how to clean up diarrhea safely. Protect your hands with gloves while cleaning up. Wash your hands after you are done cleaning up.