Diarrhea: Causes, Tips & Home Remedies

Diarrhoea (Loose Motion)

According to the report of WHO (World Health Organization), diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of death among children under the age of 5. Diarrhoea has become a cause of more than 3.7 lakh children in the world in 2019. Diarrhoea drains our body and doesn’t let liquid or fluid stay long in the body; the body most commonly gets dehydrated. The repeated occurrence of loose motion is diarrhoea. Loose stool or loose motion is similar in meaning, every person in life multiple times experiences the loose stool or loose motion. Diarrhoea or loose motion is highly prevalent among children under the age of 5. Diarrhoea is a life-threatening disease and it should be taken seriously and treated in a similar order. 


What is Loose motion and Diarrhoea?

People more often consider diarrhoea and loose motion the same. Loose motion and diarrhoea have the same properties but they cannot be considered a synonym to each other. When a person gets loose stool or liquid stool, it is called loose motion. But when a person gets repeated loose motion thrice or more times a day can be called diarrhoea. 

When our large intestine does not work properly and stool goes quickly from the large intestine, causes diarrhoea. Diarrhoea turns our bowel movement watery. Diarrhoea is common if it remains for 2-3 days, but when it remains longer then it becomes the cause of concern. There are mainly 3 types of diarrhoea mentioned below based on their different specific elements and order-


Acute watery Diarrhoea: This watery diarrhoea is the most occurring diarrhoea among people, acute watery diarrhoea ends in around 2 days. General change in diet can treat acute watery diarrhoea.


Acute bloody Diarrhoea: Acute bloody diarrhoea is also known as dysentery. This diarrhoea is infectious diarrhoea that creates inflammation and infection in the body and affects the intestine. This infection and inflammation result in the blood and mucus in the stool.


Chronic Diarrhoea or Persistent Diarrhoea: This category of diarrhoea remains for a long time and needs to be treated. Persistent diarrhoea remains with the person for 14 or more days.


What are the symptoms of diarrhoea?

  • 3 or more times loose stool in a day
  • The frequency of stool-coming is not normal 
  • Less urine with dark colour
  • Stomach pain
  • Bloody stool
  • Dehydration 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Dry mouth if you have persistent diarrhoea
  • Thirsty feeling


What are the causes of Diarrhoea?

Diarrhoea or loose motion can occur because of the multiple causes, major and common causes of them are mentioned below-

  • Virus infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Infected food
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Intestine inflammation
  • Medication  
  • Poor hygiene 
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Consumption of unhealthy food
  • Diabetes
  • Laxative consumption
  • Food poisoning


What are the complications of diarrhoea or loose motion?

Diarrhoea can create many complications that are stated below-

  • Dehydration (Dehydration in children because of diarrhoea leads them to death)
  • Fever
  • Intense weight loss
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate 
  • Intestinal infection
  • Abdominal pain


Dos and don’ts for diarrhoea or loose motion-

  • Drink ample amount of water
  • Drink one glass of water directly after you get loose motion
  • Drink beverages at a very normal temperature 
  • Drink chamomile tea and lemon tea
  • Avoid the consumption of alcohol 
  • Try drinking fruit juices 
  • Avoid eating fried and processed food
  • Avoid the consumption of dairy products except for yoghurt
  • Don’t eat gas causing fruits and vegetables
  • Start having a light meal like khichdi 
  • Banana and apple sauces may help


Home remedies for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Follow these top 10 best tested loose motion home remedies stated below to treat the loose motion at home-


First home remedy for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Ingredients: Apple, cinnamon powder, 2 pods of cardamom, and a glass of water

Step 1: Take half of an apple and chop it finely. Put chopped apple into the cooking pot with a glass of water. 

Step 2: Take one fourth (1/4th) tablespoon of cinnamon powder or 2 inches longer stick of cinnamon and put that into the water.

Step 3: Lastly put two pods of cardamom into it, and boil the water with all the ingredients for 15 to 20 minutes. After boiling it for 15-20 minutes you will get the applesauce ready.

Instructions: Consume this applesauce two to three times a day, apple lowers the bowel movement. This loose motion home remedy helps to treat diarrhoea at home.


Second-home remedy for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Ingredients: Fenugreek seed, cumin seed, and a small bowl of yoghurt

Step 1: Roast one spoon of fenugreek seed and one spoon of cumin seed.

Step 2: Crush the roasted cumin and fenugreek seed using traditional kitchen crushers.

Step 3: After crushing it properly, mix the crushed powder in a small bowl of yoghurt. Fenugreek is very good for our digestive system and cumin contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the inflammation of the intestine.

Instructions: Consume this mixture regularly two to three times a day. This home remedy for loose motion helps the bowel movement. 


Third home remedy for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Ingredients: Chamomile tea, sugar, lemon, and a glass of water

Step 1: Boil the water and put ½ a spoon of chamomile tea into it with ½ a spoon of sugar.

Step 2: Boil it for a few minutes and then strain it in the glass, squeeze half a lemon on it.

Instructions: Drink this tea of lemon and chamomile regularly. You can drink this multiple times a day. (Don’t eat fried or spicy food while following this diarrhoea or loose motion remedy)


Fourth home remedy for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Ingredients: Lemon, salt, sugar, and a glass of water

Step 1: Take one glass of normal water and add half a spoon of salt and sugar into it.

Step 2: After mixing sugar and salt properly into the water, squeeze half of a lemon on it. Mix it well.

Instructions: Drink this mixture multiple times a day. This fluid is very helpful to cure loose motion and diarrhoea. 


Fifth home remedy for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Ingredients: Banana, salt, and tamarind pulp 

Step 1: Take one banana and mash it with one pinch of salt and one tablespoon of tamarind pulp 

Step 2: Mix all these three ingredients properly. 

Instructions: Consume this regularly two times a day. This loose motion remedy lowers the bowel movement and makes a normal poo. Follow this tested home remedy for diarrhoea regularly.


Sixth home remedy for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Ingredients: Cumin, fennel seed, and a glass of water

Step 1: roast a few seeds of cumin and fennel seed, blend them properly after roasting them.

Step 2: Take half spoon of roasted cumin powder and half spoon of roasted fennel seed powder, mix it well in a glass of water.

Instructions: Drink this mixture regularly two times a day. This home remedy for diarrhoea or loose motion attacks the bacteria and reduces the infection and inflammation in the intestine.


Seventh home remedy for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Ingredients: Cardamom, sugar, and water

Step 1: Take a few cardamoms pods and blend them to make good powder.

Step 2: Take one-fourth spoon of cardamom powder and sugar, and mix it in a glass of water to boil.

Instructions: After boiling the water with cardamom and sugar, drink this mixture regularly two or three times a day. This clears the loose motion diarrhoea causing bacteria.


Eighth home remedy for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Ingredients: Coriander seed and glass of buttermilk

Step 1: Soak 3 tablespoons of coriander seed into a cup of water for a night.

Step 2: Make a good paste of soaked coriander seed using a traditional paste maker, mix the paste in a glass of buttermilk.

Instructions: Drink this mixture regularly to reduce the frequency of loose motion.


Ninth home remedy for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Ingredients: Honey and curry leaves

Step 1: Take 20 leaves of curry and make a coarse paste of curry leaves.

Step 2: Take one spoon of honey and mix the paste of curry leaves into it.

Instructions: Consume this mixture of honey and curry leaves regularly. 


Tenth home remedy for loose motion or diarrhoea:

Ingredients: Banana and yogurt

Instructions: mash the banana and mix it properly in a bowl of yogurt, and consume it multiple times a day. This loose motion home remedy helps to reduce diarrhoea.


Top 5 tips for loose motion treatment

  • Drink plenty of soup, buttermilk, and water to keep yourself hydrated
  • Eat light food like khichdi and suji ka halwa
  • Avoid eating fried, packaged, and processed food
  • Drink pomegranate juice and mashed ripe banana
  • Drink ginger tea, chamomile tea, hard black tea, and strong black coffee




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