Poop, There It Is

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Let’s just jump right it, shall we?  Today we’re gonna talk about diarrhea.

Poop, there it is…

Ahem.  I will try like heck to keep this post above a 12-year-old boy’s funny-bone level. You have my shaky word.

Diarrhea is only funny in slap-stick movies or when someone other than you has it.  Then, omgosh, high-hilarity, right?! Especially the sounds, but never the smells.

Suffering from the loosey-gooseys yourself, or when babies suffer with it = NOT FUNNY.

As a new grandmama, I’m becoming familiar again with maladies that are associated mostly with childhood, one of which is diarrhea.  As a new grandmother, omi, grams, choochie (faint), I have reached back into my bag o’tricks for remedies that I relied on to help my son when he was an itty-bitty and have found that some things have changed, while others, not so much.

Diarrhea 101

Back in the day, we followed the ABC’s for firming up loose stools.

A: Applesauce.  Applesauce has pectin which…

Pectin and Diarrhea

According to “The New Healing Herbs,” pectin works with natural intestinal bacteria, or good bacteria, which turns the fiber into a soothing coating for irritated intestinal walls. The book also states that apple pectin has been found to counteract bacteria that causes diarrhea, such as Salmonella, E.Coli, and staphylococcus. Pectin adds bulk to the stool, which can help to ease diarrhea symptoms as well.

Pectin also absorbs water and slows down digestion, translating into decreased bowel movements and severity of those still hanging around.

B: Bananas. Bananas (on the green side) have long been used to bulk up loose and watery stools and to get it moving through a sluggish system, IE constipation. Seems contradictory, but ‘nanners work!

Bananas and Diarrhea:

Bananas are good food for diarrhea because they are soft, bland, and supply complex carbohydrates, all of which render this food easy to digest. Bananas are also a rich source of the essential electrolyte mineral potassium, which is lost from the body because of diarrhea, as well as pectin, a substance that helps reduce diarrhea.

C: Cereal.  Not Cap’t Crunch.  Not Lucky Charms.  But cereal along the lines of white rice.

Boy ate rice cereal formulated for babies and it was the gold standard of bland.  Grownups can have boiled rice.  No butter.  Hold the etouffee.  It’s easily digestible and contains binding starches that encourages elimination.  Just remember: WHITE RICE.

It’s true we should eat more whole grains and lots of veggies and fruits, but when you are shooting horrible stuff from your bum suffering from diarrhea, it’s best to go back to the 1970s food groups and of course, lots of fluids so everyone stays properly hydrated.

Looking at the linked info, there is no doubt some of the wisdom of yesteryear has survived the test of time.  ABC, easy as 123, but is it still recommended today?

Here are a few schools of thought.

#1) WebMD states: The BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) was once a staple of most pediatricians’ recommendations for children with an upset stomach. The idea was that it gave the gut a chance to rest and reduced the amount of stool produced.

#2) American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kiddos can resume their regular diet within 24-hours of sickness onset. Unless that diet is chicken nuggets and french fries.  No.  Just no.

#3) OMT says: Do what you know is best for you and your kiddo.  If you or your itty-bitty has an appetite and it’s not waging war on your Southern fire exit, then YAY for you.

Personally, once the flood gates are open for me, it’s plenty of fluids (water, 7-up or  sports drinks, diluted by half) and bland crackers or pretzels until things start turning around.  Once my innards stop trying to escape, then it’s back to all things cake!

Some days, I’m all-in with my docs and where science has brought us, medically.  Other days, I’m all about using old stand-bys that I know work based my experience and of those I trust.  You guys will do the same.

To all the new mommies, I say: be open when your mom or grandmother offers you a remedy that was used waaay before you were born.  Today you may roll your eyes at the sheer craziness of it; tomorrow you might be desperate to try what works.

Research. Investigate. Learn.

To all the older moms and grannies, I say: be open to the unfamiliar information that new mommies are exploring and sharing with you.  Just because #1: you’ve never heard of it before or #: you wouldn’t try it, doesn’t mean it’s not valuable or doable.

Research.  Investigate.  Learn.

The day will come when one of you, or the baby, has the dreaded diarrhea and maybe you’ll remember this article with its helpful information and find something that works for you.

See?  That wasn’t so hard.

Poop, there it is…



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  1. By far the best post title I’ve seen today!

  2. Emily Humphries says

    I always find that what worked for my grandma and mom works great for me too. Somethings never change.

  3. HAHAHAH This post title is PERFECT

  4. Great post! This is an age old battle I have with my mom. She’s a firm believer in the BRAT, but now that I have my own kids, I’ve found newer recommendations to work better for my kids. But, don’t tell her that, lol. Oh mothers and daughters, the fun never ends.

    • I’M TELLING! Lol! Not really. This really goes back to moms know their kiddos and should always do what’s best for them. Change is tough for folks. I’m sure she means all in love!

  5. I loved this article! I needed that laugh and I learned something new about applesauce =)

  6. OMG! My husband suffers from Gastroparesis, and the nurses at the hospital (when he was first beginning the ordeal of getting a diagnosis) told him that when he gets to a point that he can’t keep anything down, he should revert to a feeding regimen of B.A.R.T. (Bananas, Applesauce, Rice and Tea!) Funny how similar “belly” remedies are!

  7. Oh, yeah, Patti. We’ve all been there. Unfortunately! Your post cracks me up while providing helpful info at the same time. My sweet girl had a terrible bout of this when she was two. Nothing worked. It went on. For DAYS. And then the doctor suggested Florastor, a probiotic powder for kids you mix into their juice, water, or food twice a day. Have you heard of it? After two doses, her problem went away. It was a miracle. Now, even six years later, I always keep a box of it on hand for those types of illnesses. Here’s how to find it if you’re interested: http://florastor.com/products

    • I want to say my DIL told me about this, or at least some sort of probiotic. Back in the day, we had no such help, so I researched and BAM! new info! Thanks for backing us up and glad to have your first hand experience noted.

  8. I vote for OMT’s Rx along with a good dose of common sense. Loved this post, and with Grandbaby #6 arriving this winter, I’m sure I get the chance to share this wealth of information soon.
    Always love visiting here, thanks so much!

  9. And there it is! We’ve got two girls down with the flu and I made that all important run to the store in the middle of the night for: Bananas, applesauce, bread (we were low), crackers and 7up. I had to remind my honey about the BRAT diet. How could he have forgotten this? Gah! Men!

  10. I have heard it called the BRAT diet….. bananas, rice, applesauce, toast.

  11. I never knew about bananas, I did know that pectin is one of the two ingredients of my old standby kaopectate, which I never see anymore…not that I ever would use it anymore…but I had ibc before it was called that….

    plain oatmeal can do the trick also, and cheese can help if the rest of your system can tolerate it.

  12. Probiotics helps diarrhea too.

    • I had never heard of this solution until recently. My DIL shared the info with me and I was happy to have one more tool in the box.

  13. When my infant son (born in 1968) had it, the pediatrician recommended nothing but water for 24 hours (I wasn’t nursing), then bananas and toast with no butter, but a little jam and water. Worked right away. I found out that excessive sugar/sweets and grease started causing me a problem about 15 years ago, so had to cut way back. No more McDonald’s, fries and Coke. Now, if I know I’m going to be in a situation where I can’t control my diet, like when I’m traveling, I eat yoghurt for breakfast.

    • NO MORE MCDONALDS?! ~faint~ I keed. I hear what you are saying and we have to take care of ourselves. I’m glad you have found what works, but seriously, no more fries? I think I’d cry.

  14. Good tips – we also still practice the BRAT diet. Two other things I always do -chicken soup with plenty of garlic, and, while I doubt doctors will like this one, I eat whatever yogurt I can tolerate – usually vanilla for an upset tummy. I figure all the good bugs in the yogurt go do battle against the bad bugs in my body and it does seem to help. 🙂

    • I keep hearing probiotics are helpful, so it seems you instinctively knew that when eating yogurt. Never heard of chicken soup unless you have a cold, but now I want a bowl.

  15. Mrs. Tucker,
    I have not heard of those ideas for taking care of the runs. I’m very new school with the remedies we use. Luckily, I didn’t have to deal with this issue to much so far. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. I love how you ended this post out.


    • These ideas have been around for years, handed down many times over. But, as is the natural way, new methods move in to replace the old. At least now you have a resource if you find yourself wanting in the new school arena. Thanks for coming by and joing the convo!

  16. Stephanie Kay says

    Stopped by from the Mommy Club link-up because of your title. VERY clever! As a mom of 5, I am all too familiar with poop and diarrhea – far more familiar than I ever wanted to be!!

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