COMMON DISEASES > DIARRHOEA
Do not starve the patient; let the patient eat or drink what
he/she likes; may prefer soup,
juice, coconut water, rice cunjee with salt and other rice
preparations, curds, banana and
potatoes. Breast-fed children should continue breast-feeding.
"Rice cunjee" and "water salt
and sugar solution" are the most important "medicines" for the
treatment of diarrhoea. In
watery diarrhoeas any other medicine can be harmful.
Rice cunjee is made by
boiling a handful of rice powder with little water to make it
a thin liquid. Add one level teaspoon of salt and more water
to make it upto 1 litre.
Water – 1 glass (200 ml), salt – a pinch, Sugar – 1 tsp
Add lime juice
(sour/sweet) or orange juice to taste (Some children prefer
They may prefer juice separately.) Keep this solution in a
refrigerator or cold place.
Consume as much as
possible. For adults and teenagers, aim at 1-2 glasses (200
Glass) after each loose motion. Four younger children aim at
half to one glass after each
loose motion. If child does not take much at a time or tends
to vomit, give few spoons
every 5-10 minutes day and night. The idea is to ensure enough
urine output. Make fresh
solution after 24 hours. Where possible, boil the water and
cool it before adding salt and
sugar. (Though boiled water is preferable, it is not
essential. Once the solution is ready, do
not boil it). Avoid ready made packets like Electoral. Packets
with WHO based formula can
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