QuestionsCan we give coconut water to a child suffering from Diarrhoea ?
Anonymous asked 4 years ago
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Dr. M. M. Haque Staff answered 4 years ago

We know children are more vulnerable to loss of body water and electrolytes than adults. During diarrhea, body looses much of its water and electrolytes leading to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and other complications. One of the major electrolytes is potassium, which is lost from our body during diarrhoea and may cause many devastating events. Coconut water is a rich source of potassium. It also contains bicarbonate, sodium, chloride and glucose. So we can give coconut water during diarrhoeal episodes. It is cheap, available and palatable for children. It can help preventing dehydration and its consequences. But ORS should be the first preference during diarrhoea. 

** Exclusively breastfeed your baby up to six months. **Continue breast feeding up to two years. ** Nothing is substitute for or equivalent or superior to breast milk. ** Feeding bottle is the source of infection, use cup and spoon. **Start weaning food at six months of age. ** Home made food is the best food for weaning. ** Vaccinate your child. ** During diarrhoea treat your baby with saline (ORS) and zinc in addition to breast milk. ** Do not restrict usual food during diarrhoea. ** Random use of antibiotics in diarrhoea is harmful. ** Do not receive treatment for your baby through telephone. ** Donate blood and save life of a child. ** Do not give your child junk food. ** Chocolate, icecream reduce your child's appetite. ** Give your child adequate protein diet during chicken pox. ** Do not restrict food during illness. ** Wash hands with soap before you touch your newborn. ** Do not kiss your newborn's face. ** Do not hug your baby immediately after coming from outside. ** Do not give your kids sharp and small toys.