Don't Take Little One's Diarrhea Lightly

Oleh: Morinaga Platinum

Diarrhea is one of the most common health problems suffered by the Little One. Diarrhea is a condition characterized by the release of liquid stool with a frequency of bowel movements that are more frequent than usual. Generally, diarrhea is caused by the consumption of foods or drinks that are contaminated with viruses, bacteria, or parasites.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that diarrhea occupies the second position as the cause of death of a child under five and kills about 780,000 children every year. Most deaths are caused by the lack of fluids or severe dehydration.

When experiencing diarrhea, the body will lose fluid. If the lost fluid is not matched with sufficient fluid intake, then this can lead to dehydration and even severe dehydration. The risk of severe dehydration is to cause stress on the heart and lungs as well as the occurrence of shock which can be fatal.

To prevent undesirable things, Mommy should be aware of the following signs of dehydration:

  • Mild dehydration often shows no significant symptoms
  • Moderate dehydration: The Little One will look thirsty, weak, fussy; have sunken eyes, dry mouth, decreased skin elasticity, decreased urination, no urination within 6 hours in infants, and no urination in 12 hours in an older aged child.
  • Severe dehydration: worsening symptoms, drowsiness / unconsciousness, lack of urination or the urine is very little and dark, shock symptoms (cold fingertips and feet, weak and rapid pulse, low or undetectable blood pressure, rapid breathing, pallor).

When dehydrated, the lost body fluids should be replaced immediately. This can be done by using an oral rehydration solution (oralit) or through an intravenous line.

Prevent dehydration by continuing to provide plenty of fluids. In addition, Mommy can provide a sugar-saline or oral solution to replace the lost electrolyte.

Diarrhea is closely related to personal and environment hygiene. Infection is transmitted through contaminated food or drink. Prevention is very easy, get used to eating foods or drinks that are clean and apply healthy habit of washing hands before and after an activity, using soap.

Prevention of diarrhea can also be done by increasing the immunity of the Little One. Provide nutrients containing Bifidobacterium longum BB536 and Bifidobacterium breve M16-V and lactulose prebiotics (food for good bacteria) that can help increase the population of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

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