Diarrhoea usually clears up after a few days without the need for treatment.

However, it can lead to dehydration so it is advised to drink plenty of fluids in small, frequent sips until the diarrhoea passes. This is especially important in babies and children who can get dehydrated very quickly. Oral rehydration salts such as Dioralyte are recommended if there is a risk of dehydration and are suitable for adults, children and babies.

Medications such as loperamide (Imodium) are also available to control episodes of diarrhoea in adults and children aged over 12 years.

It is recommended to stay at home after the last episode of diarrhoea to prevent spreading infection to others.

You should avoid fatty, oily or spicy foods if suffering from diarrhoea. Meals should be kept small and light.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Aug 11, 2021 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Aug 11, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm