10 important facts everyone needs to know about rehydrating a child
Diarrhea is usually cured in three to four days with rehydration (drinking plenty of fluids). The real danger is the loss of fluids and nutrients from the child’s body, which can lead to dehydration and malnutrition.
A child with diarrhea should never receive tablets, antibiotics or other medications unless prescribed by a doctor.
The best treatment for diarrhea is:
- Drink plenty of fluids and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS), mix well with clean water from a safe source.
ORS helps save over a million children’s lives each year.
- Take tablets or zinc syrup for 10 to 14 days.
Here are 10 important facts about rehydration that everyone will need to know:
1) Wash your hands with soap and water before preparing the solution.
2) Prepare the solution, in a clean pot, mixing:
(i) Six (6) teaspoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt;
ii) 1 packet of oral rehydration salts (ORS) mixed with one liter of clean drink or boiled water (after cooling). Stir the mixture until completely dissolved.
3) Wash your baby’s hands and hands with soap and water before giving the solution.
4) Give the sick child as much solution as she needs, in small amounts frequently.
5) Give the child alternately other liquids – such as breast milk and juices.
6) Continue to give solid foods if the child is four months old or older.
7) If the child still needs SRO after 24 hours, make a new solution.
8) ORS do not eliminate diarrhea. This prevents the body from dehydrating. The diarrhea will stop by itself.
9) If the child is vomiting, wait 10 minutes and give him ORS again. Usually, vomiting will stop.
10) If diarrhea increases and / or vomiting persists, take the child to hospital.