Teach yourself how to rehydrate a child suffering from diarrhoea
It is possible to change the world in some small way, every single day and it is in our hands. Michael Norton tells us one of the most important things to learn in his book 365 ways to change the world.
Most people in the world can get diarrhoea at any given time and babies and children are most vulnerable. They weaken very quickly and often die due to dehydration. But the deaths of more than a million children a year could be prevented by a method that is affordable, inexpensive, safe and simple!
Anyone can learn it and use it to save a child or even an adult suffering from severe diarrhoea.
The treatment is Oral Rehydration Therapy which works in most situations. Once I tried it on a kitten on the terrace of a friend where he nurtured around a 100 stray cats and kittens. It was severely dehydrated and the vet had not come for more than three days. I tried this method: ORS and after 15 minutes she got up and began to wobble around a little! Then she drank up water and was on the way to recovery!
This is how you can rehydrate a child, an adult or even yourself:
- wash your hands with soap and water.
- Prepare a solution in a clean pot by mixing one teaspoon of salt and eight teaspoons of sugar with one litre of clean drinking water (boil and then cool the water). Stir until the contents dissolve.
- Wash your hands and the child’s hands with soap and water before giving the solution to the child. Give it in small amounts along with other fluids like milk and juice.
- Continue to give solids if the child is older than four months.
- If the child still needs rehydration after 24 hours, make up a fresh solution.
- If the child vomits, wait ten minutes and then give more solution. Usually the vomiting will stop by itself.
- If the diarrhoea continues or the vomiting persists, take the child to a health clinic.