If your children have ever been stricken with a runny tummy (and whose haven’t?) you’ve probably wondered (in between changing nappies and underwear): What’s the best diarrhea treatment for babies and children?
It might surprise you to know that yoghurt with active cultures is an excellent and proven natural diarrhea treatment, for babies and adults alike.
As reported in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (2001), Dr Boudraa studied the effects of yoghurt on a group of babies and children, aged 3 months to 2 years, all afflicted with diarrhea.
A portion of the group was given yoghurt culture bacteria in their infant formula, to measure the effectiveness of this as a diarrhea treatment for babies and children.
The duration and severity of diarrhea in the group which ate the yoghurt was substantially less than the control group.
When tested 48 hours later, less than 20% of the yoghurt eating babies were still suffering from any signs of loose bowels – but 75% of the control group were still in need of a diarrhea treatment.
Yoghurt is also a highly effective diarrhea treatment for adults, too. Diarrhea has the effect of wiping out huge numbers of the good intestinal flora which help keep your insides balanced and happy. A good serve of yoghurt with active cultures will help restore the balance and re-establish normal bowel function.
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