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Children can
learn, collect & share these messages!




MAKE our own Diarrhoea Messages using our own words in our own language!

LEARN these messages so we never forget them!

ADD these messages to our collection!

SHARE these messages with other children and our families!


MAKE a simple fly trap to keep flies that carry germs away from our food.

MAKE a poster to show others these danger signs so they can get help when they need to.

CREATE a short play about when we need to call the health worker to help.

MAKE a snakes and ladders game to help us learn how to stop diarrhoea.

MAKE First Aid Kits for home and school that has ORS.

When teaching children these messages, it can be be hard to hold their interest in the topic and keep energy up. For ideas on keeping children engaged and excited, look at Closing Games & Activities.


ROLE PLAY two mothers talking about how to help their babies with diarrhoea get better.

PLAY the labelling game to test our knowledge of all the signs of dehydration in a baby.

LOOK at how plants need water to grow – find out what happens when plants don’t have water.

HELP prevent diarrhoea by keeping ourselves and the places we live clean.

PLAY the handshaking game to find out how quickly germs can spread.


HOW long were our parents breastfed?

HOW to treat diarrhoea at home with ORS and zinc?

WHAT are the danger signs that mean we need to get help from a health worker?

WHAT drinks are safe when we have diarrhoea?

HOW we can make water safe to drink by using sunlight?

WHICH drinks are safe when we don’t have any ORS?

WHAT are dysentery and cholera and how do they spread?

  1. Diarrhoea is watery poo that happens three or more times a day. It can lead to dangerous dehydration.
  2. Diarrhoea is caused by tiny germs that are too small to see. Germs live all around us! Germs travel easily from our fingers, food, drinks, cups and spoons and into our mouths and bodies.
  3. Diarrhoea causes us to lose vital fluids from our bodies. We need to replace fluids and salts to keep the body strong and prevent serious illness or even death from dehydration.
  4. A child with dehydration can have a dry mouth and tongue, sunken eyes, no tears, loose skin, cool hands and feet. Babies can have a sunken soft spot on the head. Spot these signs? Take them to a clinic urgently.
  5. ORS stands for Oral Rehydration Solution, the best drink to prevent and treat dehydration. Find packets, to make ORS, at clinics and shops.
  6. Prevent dehydration by using ORS as soon as diarrhoea begins. Mix ORS correctly with clean, safe water following the instructions on the packet. Breast milk is best for babies.
  7. Children doing more than three watery poos a day or bloody poo or who start to vomit too MUST be seen by a health worker. Give ORS or other fluids while waiting to be seen.
  8. Zinc tablets can reduce the amount of poo and can help children recover more quickly from diarrhoea. Health workers instruct us how to take Zinc with ORS. Give fluids too, to prevent dehydration.
  9. Young children with diarrhoea need every day tasty, mashed food and soups as often as possible to make their body stronger.
  10. Prevent germs spreading! Develop everyday habits like proper handwashing with soap, good hygiene after toilet, before eating and preparing food. Breastfeed babies and immunise against measles and rotavirus.