Diarrhea is loose, watery stools. Having diarrhea means passing loose stools three or more times a day.

What is dehydration? “When your body does not have enough fluid to work properly” Signs of dehydration among children are: dry mouth and tongue crying without tears no wet diapers for 3 hours or more being unusually sleepy or drowsy sunken eyes, cheeks, or soft spot in the skull high fever listlessness or irritability **Also, their skin seems to lose its elasticity. It does not flatten back to normal when pinched and released.

How is diarrhea treated?

Drink plenty of water and oral rehydration solutions (ORS). Prepared solutions are sold without a prescription in grocery stores or drugstores. Pedialyte, Ceralyte, or Infalyte are some examples. Homemade ORS:

*fluid and electrolytes replacement*

Avoid foods that can make it worse: • milk and milk products, such as ice cream or cheese • high-fat or greasy foods, such as fried foods • foods that have a lot of fiber, such as citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, pineapple, and cereals • very sweet foods, such as cakes and cookies

Breasfeeding…

is important!
Prepared ORS:

EAT: B –banana R –rice A –applesauce T –toast

).>Points to Remember< Children with any of the following symptoms should see a health care provider: signs of dehydration. a fever of 101. Avoid over-the-counter antidiarrheal medications unless specifically instructed to use one by your doctor. . or stools that are black and tarry. Hygiene controls perianal skin excoriation and minimizes risk of spread of infectious diarrhea. Good perianal hygiene after each BM is necessary and is important. Certain infections can be made worse by these drugs. The medicine can interfere with this process. Active cultures of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) make diarrhea less severe and shorten its duration. Probiotics can be found in yogurt with active or live cultures and in supplements. stools containing blood or pus. virus. etc. diarrhea for more than 24 hours. When you have diarrhea. your body is trying to get rid of whatever is causing it (contaminated food. Zinc is also recommended by the WHO and UNICEF as an adjunct in acute diarrhea management together with reduced osmolarity oral rehydration salts. To prevent the spread of infectious diarrhea.4°F or higher. proper handwashing and appropriate handling and storage of food are important.