This is a non-serious but troublesome condition. It is described
as the frequent passage of small volumes of stools rather than
true diarrhoea. The stools are variable in nature, often loose
and semi-formed. The frequency of bowel action is also variable
as diarrhoea may alternate with constipation. The condition is
more likely to occur at times of stress, and may be associated
with a bowel infection. Inadequate dietary fibre may also be of
If you have already taken anything to treat symptoms tell the
healthcare advisor at your local pharmacy.
Oral rehydration therapy is the first line of treatment
for anybody with diarrhoea. Rehydration should be started even
if referral to doctor is advised.
An effective anti-diarrhoeal may be recommended for use in older
children and adults. Do not use in children under 12 years of
age and always use in conjunction with oral rehydration.