How do you help stop loose bowels?


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Loose bowels, also known as diarrhea, can be treated with over-the-counter medication and by drinking at least six 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day, such as pulpless fruit juice, chicken broth and sports drinks, notes WebMD. Liquids should be consumed between meals in frequent small amounts rather than with meals.

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A mild case of diarrhea usually doesn't require treatment, says WebMD. More severe cases can be eased with Imodium A-D, Kaopectate and Pepto-Bismol. These over-the-counter medications should be taken in addition to six 8-ounce glasses of fluid.

Loose bowels can also lead to pain, soreness, itching and burning in the rectal area. Treatments for such discomfort include applying white petroleum jelly or hemorrhoid cream to the affected area, and soaking in a warm bath, notes WebMD.

In more severe cases, loose bowels can be harmful to a person's health due to the large amounts of water and nutrients being lost, says WebMD. Dehydration becomes a possibility for an individual who has a loose bowel movement at least three times a day, and doesn't replenish the lost nutrients and water. Symptoms of dehydration include confusion, rapid heartbeat, headaches and dry skin. A person should seek medical attention if he is young, old, sick, has diarrhea that lasts for several weeks or has diarrhea that shows traces of blood.

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