February 22, 2013

Your Child Has Diarrhea, What Do You Do?

Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of death among children. As a parent we should be aware that this is not just a common ailment. If diarrhea cannot be prevented in an early stage then worse comes worst. I am a parent and I should know what diarrhea can do to my child.

You know when it’s Diarrhea if a child has more than four bowel movements in a day. And it is characterized by loose or watery stools. And this is usually caused by bacteria, virus or parasites. Not only that your child loses water, he loses the electrolytes that your body needs and this leads to dehydration. If your child is weak, has poor skin turgor and has sunken eyes, then you have to take him to a hospital because this is severe dehydration and he badly needs intravenous fluids to replenish the electrolytes lost.

To reduce the risk of dehydration, have your child drink an oral rehydration solution or you can make one. In a liter of water mix a teaspoon of sugar and salt and you might want to serve him bananas or apples to replace the potassium lost. Remember that the home made solution should only be consumed within 24 hours.

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