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How do you assess a child with diarrhea ?
|: vomiting - pronounced in rotaviral diarrhea|
|: abdominal distension|
|: altered sensorium|
|: feeding history|
What is the treatment for diarrhea ?
ORAL REHYDRATION THERAPY(ORT):- It is the cornerstone of management of diarrhea. The term ORT includes
WHO ORS solution
Home made salt sugar solution
Food based solutions
Culturally acceptable fluids in presence of continued feeding.
How do you give fluid therapy in diarrhea ?
Provide normal daily fluid requirements.
Continue Breast milk or full strength animal or formula milk.
Semisolid food if eaten by child should be continued.
Replace ongoing losses.
Home available fluids- plain water, lemon water, curd water, coconut water, rice kanji, dal without salt .These fluids along with food provide ORT.
Avoid aerated drinks, tea or plain glucose water without salt as it may cause osmotic diarrhea.
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