Experiencing diarrhea is one of the most uncomfortable scenarios you want to avoid as much as possible. If you’re not at home or you’re in the middle of the road, a sudden strike could really cause you panic. And even at the comfort of your home, visiting the bathroom every hour is just an unfortunate event. Not only that, you can also suffer from dehydration.
There are several reasons why people suffer from diarrhea. For those who experience it for more than two days and even up to a week, it might be caused by another medical condition. In this case, diarrhea cannot be avoided. But for the acute cases that only last for one or two days, there are effective ways on how to prevent diarrhea.
- Maintain good hygiene. Virus and bacteria are everywhere, and they are the culprit. They reach the body internally and make their way to the digestive tract, which causes diarrhea. If you observe proper hygiene at all times, the chances of you not getting infected are high. So be mindful of all the things you touch. The most common ones touched at home are the doorknobs. If you touch them, remember to wash your hands with soap and water immediately. The same goes for light switches, remote controls, etc. Remember to do the same at the office. Maintaining good hygiene is the best solution to protecting your digestive health.
- Always drink clean water. You can never be sure of clean water, so your best option is to choose a bottled one, especially if you’re outside. Water supplies everywhere can be contaminated with chemicals as well as germs, so if you’re in unfamiliar territory, you can’t simply trust their water supply. If you’re used to drinking tap water, you can’t decide to do it if you’re in another country because you’re not sure how clean their water is. Apart from the one you’re drinking, you should also make sure you’re using clean water when brushing your teeth because you’ll never when you’ll accidentally drink it.
- Always keep your food clean. It all starts in the kitchen. If this area is unsanitary, germs and bacteria will dominate the place. To avoid this, always make sure that you’re cleaning all areas of the kitchen before and after preparing food and cooking. Make sure everything is organized; the kind of food stored in the right container. Make sure all your utensils are washed properly and clean before usage. All fruits and vegetables should be washed before eating or cooking. Stay away from uncooked and unpasteurized products. Avoid street food. If you’re sick, stay away from the kitchen and don’t try cooking food for the family.
- Avoid interacting with sick people. Germs and bacteria travel fast. If you interact with a person who is sick, you could easily get infected as well. If you know someone who isn’t feeling well, whether they’re showing diarrhea symptoms or not, avoid interacting with them as much as possible to avoid getting infected. Don’t shake their hands, and avoid sharing utensils and other personal items with them. If you’re a caretaker of a sick person, thus interacting with them is inevitable, make sure you do all the necessary precautions after caring for them, such as washing your hands, or applying alcohol, as soon as possible.
- Educate yourself about health and safety practices. Being informed is one way of protecting yourself, whether it’s in the health department or other areas of your life. If you’re aware, you’ll know how to protect yourself. Learning about diarrhea, what causes it, what the symptoms are, and how to prevent it will help you protect your digestive health as well as your loved one’s if you’re able to share with them the valuable information you’ve learned. Doing self study on this topic is one way to make yourself educated, just make sure you’re reading from reliable resources. Another way is to attend seminars or training about it.
- Children should receive rotavirus immunization. Children, especially the younger ones, are not so conscious about cleanliness. They put everything in their mouth. They touch every surface and touch their face, nose, or eyes afterwards. Unable to do safe handwashing practices, they’ll get the illness sooner than you expect them to be. In children, apart from passing watery stools, they do not show other symptoms. Ignoring this can lead to dehydration. Rotavirus is very common in children, and if not treated, may result in a few days of stay in the hospital. Getting a rotavirus vaccine is a must.
- Probiotics may help in prevention. As mentioned earlier, diarrhea is caused by several things. If you’re suffering from it after travelling to another country and eating contaminated food or drinking unclean water, probiotics won’t probably do you good. But if you need to drink antibiotics, taking probiotics is recommended to prevent diarrhea, as a common symptom of taking antibiotics. The recommended time is 2 hours after antibiotic intake.
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