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HOME-BASED EDUCATION OF MOTHERS IN TREATMENT OF DIARRHOEA WITH ORAL REHYDRATION SOLUTION
RAJ K. SACHAR, GURDIP S. JAVAL, BETTY COWAN and HAR N.S. GREWAL
Journal of Diarrhoeal Diseases Research
Vol. 3, No. 1 (March 1985), pp. 29-31
Published by: icddr,b
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23497875
Page Count: 3
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This study of 650 rural mothers of under-five children in India showed that field teams can effectively teach mothers in their homes about prompt preparation and use of oral rehydration solution (ORS) for children's diarrhoea. A questionnaire six months after such teaching showed that 68% knew about ORS; and 29.5% knew how to prepare it at home, with readily-available salt, sugar and water, and when to give it. During the six months, 145 of 197 (73.6%) children with diarrhoea had received such home-made ORS. Local private practitioners also had been contacted and asked to use and recommend ORS, but only 26 of 54 (48.1%) children taken to such practitioners for diarrhoea treatment had been given ORS. Although it may be difficult to influence local practitioners to use ORS, attempts to do so are worthwhile. At the same time, vigorous efforts should be made to make mothers self-reliant in early use of ORS, through repeated training.
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