Antidiarrheal medicines are in the news right now because the  U.S. Food & Drug Admininistration has reached out to manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their producs as part of its fight against the opioid epidemic .

    As a pediatrician, I've never been in favor of these medications as a treatment for your child's stomach virus and diarrhea. Studies have shown that use of antidiarrheal medications may prolong the course of the illness. 

    Stomach viruses are the most common cause of diarrhea. Diarrhea, after a stomach bug, can last a while, even up to 1 week. A close second is diarrhea associated with antibiotics which can last as long as the child is on antibiotics and even a few days later.

    For most cases of diarrhea, you probably don’t need to see the doctor. Here are some things you can do at home to help:

    1. Get back to a regular diet as soon as possible. Continuing the Gatorade or Pedialyte only makes it last longer.

    2. Do not use antidiarrheal medicines (even Pepto-Bismol). They don’t work and can have severe side effects. 

    3. Talk with your doctor about using probiotics. Some studies have shown that they might be helpful.

    Here are some reasons it might be time to go ahead and give the doctor a call:

    1. Stool with blood or mucous

    2. High fever

    3. Signs of dehydration (dry lips, not urinating for 6-8 hours)

    4. Diarrhea that lasts more than 1 week

    Diarrhea will never be fun because it can ruin your life for a few days. But, if your child’s diarrhea lasts more than a week, trot (sorry) on over to your friendly pediatrician. They might need to do some tests to help you figure out what is going on.

    Is it normal to have diarrhea for 7 days?
    Diarrhoea will usually clear up without treatment after a few days, particularly if it's caused by an infection. In children, diarrhoea will usually pass within 5 to 7 days and will rarely last longer than 2 weeks. more
    What color is normal diarrhea?
    All shades of brown and even green are considered normal. Only rarely does stool color indicate a potentially serious intestinal condition. Stool color is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile — a yellow-green fluid that digests fats — in your stool. more
    Is yellow diarrhea normal?
    If your stool turns yellow, it's most often due to changes in your diet. If the color persists for several days or is accompanied by other symptoms, you may want to contact your doctor. You should see your doctor if your yellow stool is accompanied by any of the following symptoms: passing out. more
    Is diarrhea once a day normal?
    They may also feel they need to go urgently when they first get up. Most people experience morning diarrhea at some point. Occasional morning diarrhea may be a sign of a temporary illness or the result of lifestyle choices. However, having morning diarrhea on a regular basis may be a sign of an underlying condition. more
    Is diarrhea once a month normal?
    How often do you suffer from diarrhoea? Survey data suggests that more than one in ten* people could experience diarrhoea frequently, that is once a month or more often. More frequent or persistent diarrhoea can be caused by an underlying medical condition, so you may need to see your healthcare professional. more
    What is a 7 Day cleanse?
    It's 7 days long, requires that you drink a fresh juice every morning and night along with one master cleanse throughout each day. The foods allowed are essentially fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and grains (all with some exceptions), and there are herbal supplements to be taken alongside every meal. more
    Does 7 11 still DO 7 11 day?
    But July 11 is the last day for the promotion. 7-Eleven was founded in 1927 as an icehouse storefront in Dallas and first known as Tote'm Stores, according to its website. The stores have been giving away Slurpees on 7/11 for nearly two decades. Learn more here. more
    Who eats 7 meals a day?
    Khloé Kardashian's Nutritionist Reveals Why She Eats 7 Meals a Day. There's no doubt Khloé Kardashian's “revenge body” is a result of hard work in the gym, but she also shows serious dedication in the kitchen as well. more
    What is a 7 day NHS?
    The provision of seven day services is about ensuring that patients receive consistent high quality safe care every day of the week. There are three key elements: Routine general practice; access to GP appointments in the evenings and at weekends. Urgent care; access to healthcare advice 24/7 via NHS 111. more
    Is diarrhea once a week normal?
    Diarrhea that lasts only a few hours or even days is often normal and nothing to be concerned about. But if your diarrhea persists to the point of being chronic, schedule an appointment with your doctor for a thorough evaluation. more
    Can you eat 7 day pasta?
    The bottom line Most cooked pasta only lasts in the fridge for between 3–5 days before it starts to show signs of expiration. Eating expired pasta comes with risks similar to those associated with eating other expired foods, such as foodborne illness. more


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