My pediatrician tells me not to give my kids real Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate for their upset tummies or when they have a virus for the same reason we're told to avoid giving them aspirin -- the main ingredient is bismuth subsalicylate, which is linked to reye's disease.
Too bad, because it works so well for grown-ups.
So what's a mom to do when diapers are exploding all over the place and she just can't "wait it out"?
Feed them magic poop-hardening foods, of course. Some of the more unusual food choices that CafeMoms suggest:
Canned pumpkin, the kind you use in pumpkin pies. Just a few spoons full. The vet told my mom to do this for her dogs when they had diarrhea, and she suggested trying it for my daughter and it really helps.
Bananas, applesauce and pears.Not necessarily all together, but these are fruits that when you give it to your children can help to make their poo more solid.
Baby yogurt, one a day. It worked for our little guy when he had diarrhea. It's takes a few days but it works.
Burnt toast crumbs. Just scrape the burnt crumbs into a glass and add a touch of water, then give it to them like a med.
And your home treatment for toddler diarrhea is ... comment below!