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Diarrhoea can be due to a number of factors including treatment, medication, infection, stress or anxiety.

Whatever the cause of diarrhoea a temporary change in diet often helps. As your symptoms improve you may wish to discuss returning to your normal diet with a health professional.

Useful tips:

  • Drink plenty of fluids such as water, squash or soup. Aim for at least 8 - 10 cups of fluid throughout the day

  • Eat small frequent meals

  • Try to avoid highly spiced and fatty foods as these may irritate your bowel

  • Try cutting down your fibre intake by replacing wholemeal bread and cereals with white varieties

  • Try cutting down on raw or dried fruit and vegetables with skins, seeds or pips. Also, try cutting down on beans and pulses

  • Limit alcohol, coffee and strong tea with caffeine

  • Avoid excessive amounts of artificial sweeteners, which can be found in many sugar-free or diet food and drinks.

If diarrhoea persists, it is best to consult your doctor to determine the cause and get treatment.

This information is for general advice only. If you have been advised to follow a special diet then continue with this. For further advice speak to your Doctor, Nurse or Dietitian.


Last updated 2012