Diarrhea can happen to anyone. But when an elderly person contracts diarrhea they are at a greater risk of dehydration than the younger age group.
Here is a list of some of the possible causes of diarrhea in an elderly person:
- Food poisoning
- Viral stomach flu
There may also be more serious conditions that can cause diarrhea in an elderly, and only a doctor will be able to assist. If you suspect something more serious than stomach flu, go straight to the doctor or ER.
When an elderly person starts with the first signs of diarrhea, fluids need to be replaced in the body almost right away. As diarrhea doesn’t only contain water, but also electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium, and bicarbonate) the person shouldn’t only drink water on it’s own. There is a solution that a person can make which will replace more than the water lost by the diarrhea or ask your pharmacist for a rehydrate solution.
Here is the recipe to make your own rehydrate electrolyte solution: 1 liter cooled boiled water, 6 teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Give the electrolyte solution as often as possible during the duration of the diarrhea.
Diarrhea usually lasts up to 3 days, if it should last longer than that don’t hesitate to go to a doctor.
For at least a day after the symptoms have cleared, light meals are to be eaten. Just take it slowly.