Moms, Here’s How You Can Help Prevent DiarrheaDiarrhea is one of the biggest threats to your child’s life. Here’s how you can help prevent it.CREATED WITH WILKINS
Diarrhea may sound pretty harmless. Still, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), it’s actually the second leading cause of death among kids under 5, with an estimated 525,000 children dying of the disease every year.
Diarrhea is defined as “the passage of three or more loose or liquid stools per day” and is caused by poor hygiene and ingestion of contaminated food and water. It becomes dangerous when kids develop a high fever, dehydration, and blood or pus in stools.
Immediate medical attention must be sought, especially if your child has been suffering from diarrhea for more than 24 hours. To find out if he or she is severely dehydrated, do a simple test by pinching the skin. If it doesn’t flatten within two seconds, it means that he or she is dehydrated and must be brought to a licensed physician immediately.
Be wary of other signs as well, like sunken eyes and cheeks, a soft spot in the skull, and lethargy.
Here are more tips on how you can help prevent diarrhea:
1. Practice good hygiene.
Viruses and bacteria can be transferred from person to person and even from objects that have come in contact with a person carrying the virus. That’s why it’s imperative to teach your kids proper hygiene: wash hands, take baths regularly, and cover the mouth when coughing and sneezing.
2. Always keep your hands clean.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of handwashing. Make it a house rule to always wash hands with soap and water before eating and handling food, and after using the toilet and changing a dirty diaper. Remember that one of the causes of diarrhea is ingesting feces-contaminated food and water.
3. Keep the house and surroundings clean.
Did you know that viruses that cause diarrhea can remain on contaminated surfaces for months? Always wipe every surface with cleaning agents to prevent the spread of viruses. Make sure to clean your surroundings, too, as insects and rodents can contaminate your food and water.
4. Get kids vaccinated against rotavirus.
Rotavirus is one of the causes of viral gastroenteritis, and its symptoms include diarrhea and dehydration. Oral vaccines are given to infants as early as 6 weeks of age. Succeeding doses are given depending on the vaccine used. Speak with your pediatrician to learn more about the vaccines if you have a child younger than two months.
5. Make sure food is properly prepared and well-cooked.
Wash fruits and vegetables with clean water. Never let anyone who is sick handle food preparations as they might contaminate the food. Also, be careful where and what you eat. Be wary of eating raw and undercooked meat, fish, shellfish, and fruits and vegetables.
6. Ensure that drinking water is from clean and safe sources.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), around 60 percent of deaths caused by diarrhea is due to lack of safe drinking water, in addition to poor hygiene and inadequate sanitation. Do not forget that diarrhea can be transmitted by ingesting contaminated water. This includes tap water, often used to create ice and brush the teeth! So make sure that your water sources are clean and safe, especially if it’s for drinking.
Moms, ensure that clean drinking water is available to your family ‘round the clock. Make sure they drink the right amount of water for their age every day, too.
WILKINS provides clean and safe water trusted by Filipino moms. WILKINS Distilled undergoes an eight-step purification process to ensure that it meets local and global safety standards. This purification process includes several treatment processes, other purifying processes, and multiple disinfection processes.
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