Diarrhea is usually defined in epidemiological studies as the passage of three or more loose watery stools in a 24hr period, a loose stool is one tha will take the shape of any container.
There are 3 types of diarrhea disease; acute watery diarrhea, dysentry and persistent diarrhea.
The most common of the three being the acute watery type.
This article is to enlighten that in the management of diarrhea diseases in children, treatment should be based on signs shown by the child not necessary the cause,e.g. simple salt sugar solution will go a long way than looking for money to buy expensive antibiotics. The child dies more from dehydration than from the microorganism which is implicated.most diarrhea diseases resolve even without treatment with antibiotics, the only exception is dysentry in which the child might pass bloody stools
Thus, once you see that child with diarrhea, first thing on your mind should be how to prevent dehydration not antibiotics, GIVE SALT AND SUGAR SOLUTION INSTEAD OF ANTIBIOTICS.
To prepare salt and sugar solution, dissolve 10 level teasponsfull of sugar and 1 level teasponful of salt in 1litre of clean water, give the child to drink after every passage of the stool.
If the child doesnt get better in 3 days or child has a bloody stool, then go to the nearest hospital and see a doctor.
Save that child now
Jiya janet, caleb university imota lagos.
Thanks for sharing with us on this topic. Diarrhea is no doubt one of the greatest killers of children especially infants. I do hope that parents will take advantage of this expose you have given here.