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Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present you children’s best friends when they have diarrhoea: the toilet, the sink and toilet paper.
They are the leading experts on “pooping”. We have made them a few questions about it this annoying matter.


What is diarrhoea?

When a person with diarrhoea poops very often, also, it comes out very liquid.

Diarrhoea can be classified as:

acute when it lasts less than two weeks,

prolonged when it lasts from two to four weeks,

chronic when lasting more than four weeks.

Usually, the bowel movement usually lasts between three and seven days if you do drink plenty of fluids and rest.
The very young babies can reach to poop a lot of times a day.

What comes with the diarrhoea?

Sometimes when you have diarrhoea, you can also have:


pain in the area of the belly,

feeling sick,


loss of appetite.

Why do we get diarrhoea?

We get diarrhoea because the intestines, very long tubes located in the stomach, swell. There is more liquid inside and it cannot be absorbed. The cause is the repeated infections caused by a type of microorganisms. They are creatures that can only be seen by a microscope.

In the case of children such troubling microorganisms vary by country, season of year and age. The microorganism that affects Catalan children has more affect in winter and in children less than three years old.


What can we do when we have diarrhoea?

The diarrhoea ends up disappearing. There is no need to do anything. Just have patience and a lot of toilet paper in hand. Sometimes, there are medicines that can make it go a little faster.

Most importantly, when you have the runs, you have to drink lots of water. In the pharmacy you can find some ready serum to help restore fluids and minerals that the body loses when going to the toilet.

Do we have to do a Diet?

There is no food type that stops the diarrhoea. However, there are some aliments that can help us to avoid having to go to the bathroom so often. They are called astringent foods. Which are potatoes, rice, carrots, and bananas.
If there is no vomiting and you are hungry, you can eat almost everything. It is advisable to avoid foods and drinks that have a lot of sugar (juice, soda, candy ...) or have a lot of fat (industrial pastries, some meat ...).
Often, when you have diarrhoea, you lose your appetite. Because it is important to eat, for a few days, you can eat small meals and things you like.

Is the diarrhoea contagious?

Diarrhoea can be passed from one person to another. For this reason, it is very important to wash your hands frequently whether you are the patient or you are close to someone who is.