How to Treat Diarrhoea in Children (Runny Stomach)

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In this article we will be talking on a very important subject; “How to Treat Diarrhoea in Children (Runny Stomach)”.

First of all, What is Diarrhoea?

A child is said to have Diarrhoea when he or she has loose, watery stools that occur more frequently than usual. It is usually caused by a virus, or sometimes, contaminated food. Less frequently, it can be a sign of another disorder, such as inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

Diarrhoea can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include a liquid diet, food intolerance, stress, anxiety or use of laxatives.

How to Treat Diarrhoea in Children (Runny Stomach)

Most children who die from diarrhoea die because they do not have enough water left in their bodies. This is called dehydration. Any child with watery diarrhea is in danger of dehydration. You must act quickly to prevent death.

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What to do when your child has diarrhea 

Give your child plenty of water to drink. If available, give your child Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS).

How to prepare ORS

  1. Boil 1 liter (2 Big mineral bottle) of water). Let it cool after boiling.
  2. Mix 1 sachet of Oral Rehydration salt with this water. Give the solution to your child to drink.

If you can’t find ORS, give your child “Salt-Sugar Solution”.

Give at least 1 tea cup full for every watery stool.

How to prepare Salt-Sugar Solution:

  1. Boil 1 liter (2 Big mineral bottles) of water. Let the water cook after boiling.
  2. Add 1/2 level teaspoon of cooking salt to the water.
  3. Add 8 level teaspoon of sugar to the water.
  4. Give the solution to your child to drink.

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Additional information 

  • Give your child 20mg Zinc tablets for  10 days. If your child is less than 6 months old, give 10mg each day. If you can’t find Zinc, ask your health worker to help.
  • If your child is a baby, keep giving the baby breast milk often and before other drinks.
  • If your child will take food, give food. Not feeding your child can make diarrhea worse.

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