QuestionsMy baby is 4 months old. She has got diarrhoea. Can rice saline be given to her?
Nazia Arefin asked 4 years ago
1 Answers
Dr. M. M. Haque Staff answered 4 years ago

A four months old baby should not be given rice saline for diarrhoea because his/her body system is not mature enough to digest it. Rice saline is usually given to babies more than six months old who is already on weaning food(food other than breast milk). So the option is oral rehydration solution(ORS). But do not forget to give
1. Breast feeding more than the usual time
2. Zinc supplementation

** 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.