rehydration preparations are used to treat fluid &
electrolyte loss, esp in infants & the frail & elderly
if severe dehydration develops, admit
antimotility drugs are occasionally used for convenience but work against nature and often cause constipation
antibiotics are indicated only for systemic bacterial enteritis as campylobacter, salmonella and shigella
antispasmodics are occasionally used for cramps Young children: avoid antispasmodics, antiemetics and antimotility drugs as they have troublesome side-effects Bulk-formers (ispaghula, methylcellulose, sterculia)
may control faecal consistency in ileostomy & colostomy
may control diarrhoea from diverticular disease Kaolin adsorbent is not recommended for acute diarrhoea.