The parent files …make your own rehydration solution

It’s late at night and baby’s diarrhoea won’t stop. You are panicking a the thought of baby dehydrating and no chemist is open …keep your grandmothers sugar salt solution recipe at hand for these times.

1L of cool boiled water

8 level teaspoons of sugar

1/2 level teaspoon of salt 

Shake well.

Follow your child’s normal feeding pattern. The solution is not a meal substitute. It is to be given in addition to feeds. Give after each loose stool allowing your child frequent small sips.

Half a cup if your child is younger than 2 years. 

A full cup if they are 2 -5 years.

Should your child vomit.  Wait a few minutes and continue offering the solution slowly.


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