Causes of Diarrhea in the Elderly Food poisoning/traveler’s diarrhea . Clostridium difficile bacteria (usually caused by antibiotics or stomach-suppressing medications) Bowel disorders. Bowel Obstruction/fecal impaction (hardened stool lodged in the colon ; develops in people with severe constipation)
Medications . Depending on the cause of fecal incontinence, options include: Anti-diarrheal drugs such as loperamide hydrochloride (Imodium A-D) and diphenoxylate and atropine sulfate (Lomotil) Bulk laxatives such as methylcellulose (Citrucel) and psyllium (Metamucil), if chronic constipation is causing your
Parents might assume that kids who soil their pants are misbehaving or too lazy to use the bathroom when they have the urge to go. But many kids beyond the age of toilet teaching (generally older than 4 years ) who soil their underwear have a condition known as encopresis (en-kah-PREE-sis).
In most cases, diarrhea can be treated at home with plenty of liquids to replace lost fluids and electrolytes. The BRAT diet — bananas, rice, apple sauce, and toast — can also help ease symptoms. Potatoes, peanut butter, and skinless chicken or turkey are also other good food choices.
How can you care for yourself at home? Include fruits , vegetables, beans, and whole grains in your diet each day. Drink plenty of fluids, enough so that your urine is light yellow or clear like water. Get some exercise every day. Take a fibre supplement, such as Benefibre or Metamucil, every day.
Nerve or muscle damage: Any damage to the nerves that signals the need for a bowel movement or the muscles that control bowel movements can cause fecal incontinence. Causes of nerve damage include surgery, childbirth, spinal cord injury or other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Bowel incontinence is a symptom of an underlying problem or medical condition. Many cases are caused by diarrhoea , constipation , or weakening of the muscle that controls the opening of the anus. It can also be caused by long-term conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and dementia.
Bowel incontinence is usually treatable. In many cases, it can be cured completely. Recommended treatments vary according to the cause of bowel incontinence . Often, more than one treatment method may be required to control symptoms.
Soiling ( encopresis ) occurs when a child does not reliably use the toilet for a bowel motion. They may dirty their pants, or go to the toilet in inappropriate places. It can be a common problem in children with autism , Aspergers syndrome and other developmental disorders.
Encopresis is typically characterized as resulting from chronic constipation with overflow soiling but has been portrayed as an indicator of sexual abuse . The predictive utility of fecal soiling as an indicator of sexual abuse status was examined.
First, have them dump any solid stool into the toilet and flush. Then, take the soiled underwear to the tub and have them clean the stain under cold water. It may help for your child to wear disposable gloves.
Take Fluids Give an adult plenty of clear fluid, like fruit juices, soda, sports drinks and clear broth. Avoid milk or milk-based products, alcohol, apple juice, and caffeine while you have diarrhea and for 3 to 5 days after you get better . They may make diarrhea worse.
Black tea boasts a set of health benefits similar to that of green tea , especially for soothing an upset stomach. It may be especially effective at treating diarrhea ( 15 ). In fact, in a study in 120 children, taking a black tea tablet helped improve the volume, frequency, and consistency of bowel movements ( 16 ).
Studies have confirmed that honey shortens the duration of diarrhea in patients with bacterial gastroenteritis through its antibacterial properties. In nonbacterial gastroenteritis, honey had the same effect as glucose on the duration of the diarrhea .