10 Messages for Children to Learn and Share on Diarrhoea

In May we focus on the topic of DIARRHOEA and what children need to know so they can help to prevent and control diarrhoea. Here are our 10 messages on DIARRHOEA…

Do you work with children? Do you work with any programmes who do? Please share these messages with them. We would love to hear feedback from practitioners and others who might use or adapt such messages.

The Diarrhoea Doll

The Diarrhoea Doll a device to help children understand about dehydration

  1. Diarrhoea is watery poo that happens three or more times a day.
  2. Diarrhoea is caused by germs getting into the mouth from contaminated food, drink or touching the mouth with dirty fingers or using dirty spoons or cups.
  3. The loss of water and salts makes the body weak. Unless these are replaced, diarrhoea can kill young children quickly from dehydration.
  4. Diarrhoea can be prevented by giving extra safe drinks like safe water or coconut or rice water. Babies need breast milk most of all.
  5. A child with diarrhoea may have a dry mouth and tongue, sunken eyes, no tears, loose skin, cool hands and feet and in babies a sunken soft spot on the head.
  6. Children doing more than 5 watery poos/day or bloody poo or who start to vomit too,  MUST be seen by a health worker.
  7. ORS stands for ‘Oral Rehydration Salts’. Find ORS at clinics & shops. Mix it right with clean safe water to make the best drink for diarrhoea.
  8. Most medicines do not work but zinc pills stops diarrhoea sooner for children over 6 months. ORS drinks MUST be given as well.
  9. Young children with diarrhoea need tasty, mashed food as often as possible to make their body stronger.
  10. Diarrhoea can be prevented by breastfeeding babies, good hygiene habits, immunisation (especially against rotavirus and measles) and by making sure food is safe.

The messages can be used by educators to use with children, as SMS text messages for older children or for households or ideas for campaigns, quizzes or games and on the social media – find out more on our Diarrhoea page.

How about helping children to make a Rainbow Stick to record the messages they learn? Read more about the Rainbow Stick idea by clicking here!

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