ORS: The Significance And The Need
- July 30, 2018 Posted by: Sai Siva Childrens Hospital 965 Views RSS
Whenever your body gets dehydrated, your instincts suggest you drink water. But do you think that all dehydration will be resolved with a glass of water? Not in all cases When you get dehydrated due to prolonged activity or disease like diarrhea or prolonged vomiting, your body tries to replace lost fluids and salts that have been used up. In such cases, an ORS solution is the best to boost up your fluid and energy levels. This can be given to everybody irrespective of age.
What Is ORS?
Oral rehydration solutions are basically used to treat dehydration caused by diarrhea. ORS contains three components:
- Clean water that is boiled or disinfected
- Electrolytes are chemicals that your body require for proper functioning
- Carbohydrates in the form of sugar.
When Should You Take ORS?
It is usually advisable to start consuming ORS as soon as the diarrhea starts, as diarrhea is a major concern when it comes to children. The instructions about the dosage should be strictly followed while giving ORS. A homemade version of ORS is not advisable for rehydration. There are commercially made packets of ORS available in the pharmacies which can be consumed instantly by mixing it with an appropriate amount of water which is 1 liter, Once it is prepared you should consume it within 12 hours if kept at room temperature or within 24 hours if kept in the fridge.
What Is ORT?
ORT is oral rehydration therapy is a process by which replaces body fluids and salts that a child has lost due to attacks of diarrhea. By doing so it prevents dehydration and nurses back the child’s health.
How Does ORT Help Save Live?
Diarrhea is a disease which is common and can be fatal among young children in most of the developing countries. Statistics suggest that about 1.2 million people die from dehydration due to diarrhea. In most of the cases, oral rehydration therapy comes as a life saving one. It is a simple and cost-effective treatment which can be given at home. One of the prominent organization UNICEF has treated 80% of child diarrhea cases worldwide with ORT in more than 45 countries. Thus, ORT has helped in saving more than millions of children by making a tremendous drop down of about half the death rate among children. This simple method can get rid of the world’s leading killer of children. Diarrhea was previously treated by an expensive intravenous method that too only by qualified doctors and nurses, but due to the major breakthrough of finding oral rehydration therapy, the mortality rates among children have come down rapidly. When you have a specific need for ORT and the means of dissemination are also available. It is a global responsibility to make this solution available to millions of children who are desperately in need of it. This is a major path-breaking invention that could save many many children who cannot afford expensive treatments.
About the Hospital:
Sai Siva Children’s Hospital, Chanda Nagar, is a full-fledged medical facility specially designed for pediatric patients as well as young adults. The hospital was started in the year 2008, with the aim of reaching out to schools and villages to educate the middle and high school students about health & hygiene.
Sai Siva Children’s Hospital is one of the most sought-after children’s hospitals in Hyderabad with a team of experienced doctors and skilled staff who aim to help your child have healthy growth and development. We believe that children today are the future of our world, and must have good health to make the world a better place to live in.
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