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Is it ok to drink milk if you have diarrhoea? (Query)

Dr Krishnakant Debri explains why most people prefer taking a bowl of curd than drinking a glass of milk during diarrhea.

Last time when I was suffering from diarrhoea, my aunt said that curd is good for diarrhoea but milk is a strict no-no. This is because drinking milk might lead to indigestion and vomiting, whereas, curd aids in digestion and helps in treating it. Is it true? Also please tell me what is the best way to deal with diarrhoea at home? Please help.

The query is answered by Dr Krishnakant Debri, Senior Family Physician, Mumbai.

Contrary to popular belief, drinking milk doesn t cause any harm when you have a stomach upset or diarrhoea. However, most people prefer taking curd instead of milk as curd is a fermented product and is easier to digest. It also has a cooling effect on the stomach and aids in digestion along with helping you to beat the summer heat. Moreover, yoghurt is probiotic, which means that it is loaded with good bacteria which help prevent digestive complications triggered by excessive dehydration and diarrhoea.

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One more reason why milk is not recommended is that some people are lactose intolerant. Consumption of milk when suffering from diarrhea might further worsen the condition leading to vomiting and loose stools. In such cases, milk products like cheese, paneer, mithai and even milk chocolates should not be included in the diet. If you are allergic to lactose, intake of milk, milk protein and milk products, can cause severe health problems (even death in rare cases) if ignored. Here are the foods you can have during diarrhoea? Here are foods that you can have.

Hence, buttermilk and curd are highly advisable for people suffering from diarrhoea as they are easy on the stomach and aid in treating the condition. However, according to Dr Debri, ORS or oral rehydration syrups or electoral is the main and the only effective treatment for diarrhoea, if it is not associated with any other health complications. Also read how can isabgol be effective for diarrhoea and constipation?

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