Here is a sneak peek of our upcoming booklet "The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases". My dear friend Julianne called this morning needing an Oral Rehydration Therapy recipe to treat her sweet little man Gabe, who was suffering with acute food poisoning and it occurred to me, being flu season and all, others might find information on dehydration helpful as well.
Enjoy your "sneak peek". There is more to come.....
Dehydration results when the body loses more liquid than it takes in. This can happen with severe diarrhea, especially when there is vomiting too. It can happen in very serious illness, when a person is too sick to take much food or liquid. Anyone can become dehydrated but it develops more quickly and is most dangerous in small children. When a person has watery diarrhea, or diarrhea and vomiting, do not wait for signs of dehydration – Act quickly.
- · Give lots of liquids to drink. ORT (oral rehydration therapy) is best; or give a thin cereal porridge or gruel, teas, soups or even plain water.
- · Keep giving food. As soon as the person will accept food, give frequent feeding of foods he likes or will accept.
- · For babies – keep offering breast milk often, before other drinks.
Oral Rehydration Therapy
*To either drink add half a cup of fruit juice, coconut water or mashed ripe banana, if available. This provides potassium which may help the person accept more food and drink.
*Give the dehydrated person sips of this drink every 5 minutes, day and night, until he begins to urinate normally. A large person needs 3 or more liters (quarts) a day. A small child usually needs at least 1 liter (quart) a day, or 1 glass for each watery stool passed. Keep giving the drink often in small sips, even if the person vomits. Not all of the drink will be vomited.
Foods for a person with Diarrhea
When the person is vomiting or feels too sick to eat, he should drink:
As soon as the person is able to eat, in addition to giving the drinks listed above, he should eat a balanced selection of the following foods:
*It helps to add a little (a very small amount) sugar or vegetable oil to the cereal foods.
If Dehydrated Do NOT Eat or Drink
· Fatty or greasy foods
· Most raw fruits
· Any kind of laxative or purge
· Alcoholic drinks
· Highly seasoned food