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Complementary Medicine

Yogurt and Diarrhea

04/09/2008

Question:

Does giving curd (yogurt) help in reducing diarrhea. My 14 month old son is having diarrhea since yesterday. He is pooping 4 to 5 times a day and it has mucus in it and has a very foul smell too. His pediatrician has asked us to give him Pedialite. When I asked him if we could give him homemade yogurt he said he thinks it is fine. So now I`m confused. Do you think taking yogurt will help in reducing diarrhea?

Answer:

Yes, taking yogurt may help with reducing diarrhea, unless the diarrhea is due to infection or toxic food elements.

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Response by:

Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP
Formerly:
Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University