Mother seems to have diarrhea often. Her internist says that, as people age, their digestive system don't work properly for this or that reason. He suggested giving Imodium every night, the liquid form, which was a lower dosage than the pill form, as a sort of maintenance. I tried it, but then I found myself trying to fine tune it, because aside from diarrhea, she will sometimes be constipated. Myself, I might disagree with the constipation, because she tends to expect that it must happen every day. Even if she's going, if it's not but a little here and a little there, she's not happy. This ends with her wanting an enema, which I will delay as long as possible. We even cut out dairy, and it seemed to help some, although not entirely, but she just keeps trying to get the dairy back in her diet. It seems with her, it is a very fine balance, and very hard to maintain. Anybody else have issues with this sort of thing, is this common among the elderly and, if so, what are you doing, that is working? Many outings have been cut short, due to bouts of this, I have given her imodium before an outting or lately, pepto bismol.
More recently, when she was taking the wrong antibiotic, she had pretty severe diarrhea. Searching online, I came up with some suggestions. First off, the article said that if she has the diarrhea due to the antibiotic, that her body is trying to get rid of it, so it should not be stopped. It advised against imodium, in this case, and suggested pepto bismol. It said that the pepto bismol would slow it down, but not totally shut her bowels down, like imodium, so that she would continue getting rid of whatever she needed to be rid of. Then I found something called BRAT ... Bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast, which are suggested to help stop the diarrhea and sooth the intestines I suppose. I wonder if eating those foods on a regular basis would help forestall it? It would be difficult working that in, let me tell you, she's so danged picky and often obstinate when it comes to what she eats. We've been trying new recipes, lately, since her favorite is southern and I'm not good at southern, and luckily she's liked each one.