The human body has such a complex structure that a slight imbalance can cause massive discomfort. One of the most common and perhaps the most annoying is the pain and discomfort of having loose motions. The continuous run to the toilet and the stabbing and throbbing pain can make anyone beg on their knees. I am sure that they will have experienced the chaotic loose motion or Diarrhea at some point in every human’s life.

If an individual is passing three or more liquid or loose bowel movements in twenty-four hours, that individual is set to suffer from loose motion or Diarrhea. 

Usually, if the loose motion lasts for two or three days, the open movement is normal and not threatening. However, in many infants and even in many developing countries, Loose motion accounts for a high death toll. This is because of a lack of immediate access to medical treatment and severe dehydration caused by a continuous loss of electrolytes. To overcome this severe dehydration problem when one has loose motion, there are several home remedies for loose motion, which we will discuss in the succeeding paragraphs.

Before we read about the loose motion home remedies, we must first discuss the causes and symptoms of Diarrhea.

Causes of Loose Motions:

Several factors can cause loose motions. Some of the main causative factors include:

 1- The dietary habits of an individual:

The main causative factor for a loose motion is generally the food habits of an individual. The body is often unable to digest specific types of foods, sugars and lactose. All these foods may cause the body a great deal of discomfort as the stomach cannot digest them well, which causes loose motions. 

Coffee, alcohol, spicy food and magnesium are some of the most common food items that cause loose motions or Diarrhea.

2- If an individual is suffering from irritable bowel syndrome:

This is a chronic condition that targets the digestive tract of an individual. Here, loose motions present themselves as one of the most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. 

3- Infection of the stomach and small intestines:

Another causative factor for loose motions is food poisoning or an infection of the stomach. This infection can be caused by a virus, bacteria or even parasites present in street food or stale food. Symptoms of food poisoning include:

  • Extreme nausea.
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain.

4- If an individual has Crohn’s Disease:

If a person has Crohn’s disease, the lining of the digestive tract becomes inflamed. When this happens, loose motions become a common phenomenon. Other symptoms may include fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss and abdominal pain.

5- If an individual has Celiac disease:

 Celiac disease or intolerant gluten syndrome is another common reason for loose motions. An intolerant to lactose may have loose motions if they consume lactose food, such as milk, cheese, ice cream, and other foods containing lactose.

Other reasons that cause loose motions could include

  • Bile acid Malabsorption.
  • Chronic inflammation of the pancreas.
  • Hyperthyroidism.
  • Dumping syndrome.
  • Cystic fibrosis.

Symptoms of Loose Motions:

1- Bloating.

2- Fever.

3- Vomiting

4- blood in the stool.

5- pressing needs to pass stool within very short intervals.

6- Nausea.

Loose motion home remedy:

There are many ways to treat loose motion. You can either take over the counter medications or resort to Loose motion home remedies. Some of the home remedies for loose motion are:

1- Home-made Oral rehydration solutions:

Homemade ORS or Oral rehydration solution is the best home remedy for loose motions. This is because when a person suffers from Diarrhea, he loses a lot of water in loose stools and gets severely dehydrated. Homemade ORS is the solution for this. To make homemade ORS, to a glass of warm water and some sugar and a pinch of salt and stir continuously until dissolved. Take this solution throughout the day or days, depending on the duration of the Diarrhea, to prevent excessive dehydration.

2- Eating Foods that is calming to the stomach:

The best way to cool your stomach is by eating food that is gentle on the stomach. A Banana comes in handy in reducing loose motion. Do not eat spicy or rich food, which will only alleviate the problem and further upset the stomach. Follow the BRAT diet for better results. The BRAT diet consists of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. These foods have a high starch content and are low in fibre and hence will help in more solid bowel movements

3- Drink Herbal tea:

Herbal tea is also very beneficial for loose motion. This is because the herbs present there act as a soothing agent on the inflamed and upset stomach.

Loose Motion treatment at home can help reduce the severity but if the Diarrhea persists even after implementing the home remedies, seek medical attention immediately. 

Whenever you or anyone in your family or circle of friends experience any of the above signs and symptoms, do not hesitate to contact Dr Chandril Chugh, a neurologist in Delhi.