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
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.