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A New Way to Manage Diarrhoea in Babies and Children

Posted: Sat, 27 September 2014, 11:19

It's been a frequent scene; a tired and worried mother or father enters the pharmacy and explains they have a young child with diarrhoea. After a few questions from the pharmacist, the parent can't hide that feeling of disappointment when they are told that there is no treatment aimed at simply stopping diarrhoea in a child, and that the best form of treatment is oral rehydration therapy.

Oral rehydration therapy (O.R.T.) is central to the management of diarrhoea, with the main aim to prevent complications that can result from dehydration. This can be particularly important in babies and young children, who can become dehydrated very quickly while suffering form diarrhoea.

When using O.R.T. parents have to wait until the condition runs it's course. For many parents, this can be an anxious wait while they see their child ill. There is however, an new product that offers a different approach to the management of diarrhoea in children.

Dioclear is a new product that can offer relief of diarrhoea symptoms in children from the age of 1 year old. Dioclear contains Diosmectite, which is a natural clay-type substance that has strong adsorbent properties due to its very large surface area. It can bind bacteria and other substances which can cause diarrhoea, as well as absorbing water from the large intestine. Dioclear also protects the intestinal wall by reinforcing the intestinal mucus barrier.

This means that a child with diarrhoea can get better, sooner, and that is the most important thing. Dioclear is effective at reducing the length of time a child has diarrhoea, as well as reducing the frequency of loose stools. The end result is also a lower chance of complications from diarrhoea.

Regardless of this new treatment option, we must not overlook the importance of oral rehydration therapy. Replacing the lost fluid, salts and electrolytes using O.R.T. is key to preventing complications and aiding recovery. By combining Dioclear with O.R.T. such as Dioralyte to replace lost fluids, you can give your child the best chance of recovering from diarrhoea quickly and safely.

Dioclear is available in packs of 8 sachets. Children aged 1-6 years can use 1-2 sachets per day. Children aged 6-12 can use 2-3 sachets per day and adults can take a sachet of Dioclear three times each day.