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The findings of our study reiterate the need for effective oral rehydration therapy for the prevention of the serious consequences of diarrhoea.
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, considered leader in diarrheal research is credited with the discovery of oral rehydration therapy (ORT) and zinc supplementation, which is saving millions of children worldwide from diarrheal deaths.
Adherence to oral rehydration therapy among inpatient children aged 1-59 months with some or no dehydration.
Oral rehydration therapy is recommended Evidence Level A
The result of this study shows that even though a high percentage of the respondents are quite knowledgeable on the use of oral rehydration therapy (ORT) in the management of diarrhoea, their knowledge of nutritional management of the infection is low.
The decline in the death toll of children under 5 illustrates what can be achieved by strengthening health systems and scaling up interventions, such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets for malaria and oral rehydration therapy for diarrhoea, increased access to vaccines and improved water and sanitation in developing countries,' said Dr Ties Boerma, Director of WHO's Department of Health Statistics and Informatics.
Acute gastroenteritis is a common childhood illness, and guidelines for treatment recommend supportive care using oral rehydration therapy (ORT) for mild to moderate dehydration, but no pharmacologic treatment for vomiting.
Current practice guidelines for treating children with gastroenteritis recommend oral rehydration therapy, but the guidelines don't recommend a drug treatment for vomiting, wrote Dr.
Oral rehydration therapy - This was developed in the early 1970s to replace fluids and chemicals lost through diarrhoea and vomiting.
babies with diarrhea are still not getting the 10-cent doses of oral rehydration therapy.
Easterly explains that medicine to prevent half of malaria deaths is available at 12 cents a dose, and there are almost 2 million child deaths annually caused by diarrhea that could be prevented with 10-cent doses of oral rehydration therapy.