Tips for coping with diarrhoea
- Cut down on your fibre intake from cereals, fruit and vegetables. Eat peeled and cooked fruit and vegetables instead of raw ones.
- Avoid milk and dairy products, such as cheese, until the diarrhoea has stopped.
- Drink plenty of fluids to replace the water lost with the diarrhoea, but avoid alcohol and coffee. Also avoid fizzy drinks, which can cause wind and stomach cramps.
- Eat small, frequent meals made from light foods - white fish, chicken, eggs (well cooked), white bread, pasta and rice.
- Avoid highly spiced or fatty foods.
- Eat your meals slowly.
- If the diarrhoea continues for more than two days, tell your doctor. They can investigate the cause and prescribe anti-diarrhoea medicines for you.
- Antibiotics can kill off the helpful bacteria normally found in the bowel, but eating live (probiotic) yoghurt can replace them. Live yoghurt can also help to replace the fluid lost by diarrhoea.
- If you have ongoing problems with diarrhoea, knowing you may need to get to a toilet quickly can make going out a source of worry and embarrassment. The National Key Scheme (NKS), for people with continence problems, allows you to use around 9,000 locked public toilets in the UK. Radar or the Bladder and Bowel Foundation can tell you about the scheme.