Antidiarrheal medicine helps stop frequent loose bowel movements, called diarrhea. It’s common for most children to have diarrhea once in a while. Common causes include infections caused by bacteria or a virus, some foods, and stress. Diarrhea is one way that your child’s body gets rid of an infection. You should not use antidiarrheal medicines in young children unless recommended by your child’s healthcare provider.
There are 3 main types of antidiarrheal medicine:
Many antidiarrheal medicines contain both a stool thickener and an antispasmodic medicine.
If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.