• Baby is not feeding. This is particularly dangerous if your baby is under 8 weeks old.
  • Baby has fever. This is particularly dangerous if your baby is under 8 weeks old. A high fever in an older baby/child is also dangerous.
  • Baby (especially under 6 months) is unable to breastfeed.
  • Baby/child is vomiting everything.
  • Baby/child has convulsions.
  • Baby/child has diarrhoea (runny tummy) and the eyes or fontanelle is sunken.
  • Baby/child has diarrhoea with blood.
  • Baby/child is lethargic (has no energy) or is unconscious.
  • Baby/child has difficulty breathing or shows signs of chest indrawing.

FEEDING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DIARRHOEA

Follow the feeding recommendations for your child’s age, but give small, frequent meals (at least 6 times a day). If your baby is ill, try to continue feeding him/her. For a week after your baby gets better, give him/her an extra meal a day.

Give a sugar-salt solution (SSS) in addition to feeds. Give the SSS after each loose stool. Let your child take frequent, small sips from a cup (half a cup for children under 2 years and 1 cup for children 2–5 years). If your child vomits, wait for 10 minutes then continue, but more slowly.

How to prepare a sugar-salt solution (SSS) at home:

Use 1 litre of boiled, cooled water.
Add 8 level teaspoons of sugar.
And add ½ a teaspoon of salt.
Stir until dissolved.