Helpful tips when you have diarrhoea

  • Make sure you drink enough water or other clear fluids such as diluted juice, clear soups and oral rehydration solutions
  • Let thirst guide the amount you drink
  • Avoid undiluted sugary drinks
  • There’s no need to avoid solid food, but choose small light meals
  • Avoid food for the first day if you also have nausea and vomiting
  • See your doctor if symptoms persist
  • If you develop a fever or notice blood in your stools, make sure you seek medical advice

Myths & Facts

 

Myth

My gastro will last longer if I take anti‑diarrhoea medicines, so it’s best to let diarrhoea run its course.


Fact

Some people think that diarrhoea is the body’s way of getting rid of bugs that cause diarrhoea and that anti-diarrhoea medicines act like a cork that clog up the system. However, this is a common myth.

There is no evidence that taking anti‑diarrhoea medicines will make the diarrhoea worse or last longer. In fact, anti-diarrhoea medicines can shorten an episode of diarrhoea so you can start feeling better and get back to enjoying your day.

However, if you have a fever or notice blood in your stools, you should seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor before taking any anti-diarrhoea medicines.

 

Myth

Diarrhoea is always caused by bugs.


Fact

Acute diarrhoea can be caused by many different things. The most common cause of diarrhoea is a viral infection. However, there are other non-infective causes too – such as stress, certain medications, menstruation, allergies and intolerance to certain foods and drinking too much alcohol.

 

Myth

Diarrhoea caused by stress doesn’t need treatment with anti-diarrhoea medicines.


Fact

Gastro Stop and Gastro Stop Plus can be used to stop an acute bout of diarrhoea caused by stress. Whether the diarrhoea is caused by an infection or stress, the digestive system becomes overactive and goes into overdrive. Gastro-Stop slows down the movement of the intestines, which helps to relieve the diarrhoea.

 

Myth

Sports or energy drinks are good for rehydration.


Fact

They might sound a good idea, but sports drinks are not considered suitable for rehydration when you have diarrhoea. In fact they can make things worse. They tend to contain high amounts of sugar, which draws water into the digestive system causing more diarrhoea. It’s the same story for lemonade and other soft drinks.

 

Myth

Forgetting to wash my hands won’t put me at risk of getting diarrhoea.


Fact

Oh yes it will! Washing your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based solutions is an easy way to reduce your risk of spreading germs that cause diarrhoea. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after every visit to the bathroom and before handling food.

Helpful tips when you have diarrhoea

  • Make sure you drink enough water or other clear fluids such as diluted juice, clear soups and oral rehydration solutions
  • Let thirst guide the amount you drink
  • Avoid undiluted sugary drinks
  • There’s no need to avoid solid food, but choose small light meals
  • Avoid food for the first day if you also have nausea and vomiting
  • See your doctor if symptoms persist
  • If you develop a fever or notice blood in your stools, make sure you seek medical advice