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Frequently Asked Questions

What can be done to prevent dehydration? The important thing is to keep replacing the fluid and body salts. At the first sign of diarrhoea, you must give ORS to the patient. You must give this drink after every loose motion. If you have diarrhoea or vomiting, or if you are not drinking very much, force yourself to begin drinking liquids before you become dehydrated. If you are with someone you think is becoming dehydrated, follow these guidelines when possible:
  • Give more liquids than usual.
  • Remember that a dehydrated person will have less of an appetite.
    Encourage him or her to eat and drink small amounts of food and
    liquids five to seven times a day.
  • Watch for signs of more severe dehydration and get medical help as soon as possible.

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updated: 21 April, 2014

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