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Dangers & Treatment: Immediate treatment can prevent diarrhoea from becoming dangerous - कारण और रोकथाम: दस्त का समय पर इलाज उसे गंभीर रूप लेने से रोकता है
Dangers & Treatment: Immediate treatment can prevent diarrhoea from becoming dangerous
कारण और रोकथाम: दस्त का समय पर इलाज उसे गंभीर रूप लेने से रोकता है


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HealthPhone: Dangers & Treatment: Immediate treatment can prevent diarrhoea from becoming dangerous

कारण और रोकथाम: दस्त का समय पर इलाज उसे गंभीर रूप लेने से रोकता है



Hindiहिन्दी - मानक हिन्दी - Mānak Hindī - Hindi

Know what to do immediately when a child has diarrhoea.

These videos focus on social and behaviour change communication and are made for individual and small group viewing, learning and discussion. They are designed to be used as interpersonal communication tools by communities and frontline workers in giving out important information to women and caregivers.

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Key Messages
  • Diarrhoea causes rapid loss of water and salt from the body- which are both essential for life. It has to be treated immediately- otherwise it could prove fatal for your child. You should seek help from your health worker- ANM, AWW or ASHA.

  • During diarrhoea give your child:

    • ORS (mixed with the proper amount of clean water) AND

    • Zinc supplementation every day

    Other medicines are generally not required unless prescribed by a trained health worker or doctor.

  • Your child needs to drink and eat more often than usual to help prevent dehydration and malnutrition due to diarrhoea. You should not withhold food from your child suffering from diarrhoea. If child is less than 6 months, continue exclusive breastfeeding and increase the frequency of breastfeeding. Also give ORS (mixed with clean water) and Zinc supplement. Giving any other fluid can make the diarrhoea worse and can be dangerous for the baby. If the child is more than 6 months continue feeding of age- appropriate food in enough quantity.

  • After recovering from diarrhoea:

    • Continue to give zinc for the entire duration of 14 days, even after diarrhoea stops.

    • Feed your child freshly prepared food in small amounts 4 to 5 times a day containing small amounts of salt as it will help your child recover quickly. Give the child well-mashed mixes of cereals and beans, yogurt and fruits, fish, as soft food is easier to eat and contains more fluid than hard food.
Discussions and Frequently Asked Questions

 How do ORS and Zinc tablets help in diarrhoea?

Key Response: diarrhoea causes rapid loss of water and salt from the body- which are both essential for life. ORS (when mixed with clean water) helps to replenish both. Zinc tablets are dispersible in water and should be given for 14 continuous days. Zinc helps to reduce the duration and severity of diarrhoea.


 Can you give ORS and Zinc to a child who is less than 6 months and is exclusively breastfed?

Key Response: Yes. While exclusive breastfeeding should be continued, ORS and Zinc should be given to a child suffering from diarrhoea.


 Why is it important to continue feeding children during diarrhoea?

Note: Mothers are not aware of proper feeding practices during diarrhoea and even for some days after the child is better. Their knowledge on the importance of proper and continued feeding during and after diarrhoea needs to be enhanced.

Key Response: Withholding or reducing the amount of food given to a child during diarrhoea leads to malnutrition and is dangerous for the child's health. Full intake of food during diarrhoea is safe and advantageous. You should feed them foods that are soft and mashed such as dal, roti, rice, yogurt, fruits, fish, etc. Breastfeeding also reduces the complications from diarrhoea.


 Health care worker should tell mothers 3 things for treating diarrhoea at home:
  1. Give extra fluids and ORS +Zinc

  2. Continue feeding

  3. When to return for check-up
 The mother should be advised to take the child to the health worker/doctor if the child does not get better in 5 days or immediately if the child develops any of the following danger signs:
  • Many watery stools

  • Repeated vomiting

  • Marked thirst

  • Eating or drinking poorly

  • Fever

  • Blood in stool


HealthPhone: Dangers & Treatment: Immediate treatment can prevent diarrhoea from becoming dangerous
कारण और रोकथाम: दस्त का समय पर इलाज उसे गंभीर रूप लेने से रोकता है


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