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Frequently Asked Questions

Apart from ORT, are there any other important aspects to the management of diarrhoea?

First of all, prevention including the following measures:

  • breastfeeding
  • environmental sanitation
  • personal hygiene
  • clean drinking water
  • clean preparation and storage of food
  • insect and fly control

Secondly, maintaining or increasing food and fluid intake during and after an attack of diarrhoea. Starving children with diarrhoea to "dry it up" probably causes millions of deaths a year. If these two strategies - preventive and nutritional could be taught, most of the present catastrophic problem of diarrhoeal diseases could be overcome.

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updated: 23 August, 2019