Saturday, March 13, 2010

How to Prevent Dehydration

Many people suffering from diarrhea does not become dehydrated and therefore do not require oral rehydration solution. However, it is important to drink plenty of fluids to replace fluids lost from diarrhea. Drink fluids available at home in sufficient quantities to prevent dehydration. Liquids are generally available at home and can be given to children with diarrhea include water soup or cereal that is cooked with plenty of water, tea is not concentrated, or buttermilk.
Breastfeeding should be continued for all infants with diarrhea. A child with diarrhea but not dehydrated should be given more fluids than usual and continue to be fed in small portions but frequently. Also, it is important to observe early signs of dehydration, in order to handle it as soon as possible.

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