Should feeding continue at the same time as
Oral Rehydration Therapy ORT?
Feeding, especially breastfeeding, should be continued once dehydration
has been corrected. Even if the diarrhoea continues or the child is vomiting, some of the
nutrients are being absorbed. Suitable food should not be withheld, as the child may
become malnourished. Once the diarrhoea episode has passed, the child should be given more
food than usual to make up for losses during diarrhoea. Breastfeeding is particularly
beneficial because breastmilk is easily digestible. It also contains protective substances
which help to overcome the infection causing the diarrhoea.