Children below five years are more susceptible to infection because their resistance is relatively less. As many 15 lakh children below five years succumb to infections and die in a year, according to Andhra Hospital paediatric intensivist P.V.Rama Rao.

Speaking to patients at an awareness camp held in the hospital as part of the Breastfeeding and Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) Week programme of the Indian Academy of Paediatricians on Thursday, Dr. Rama Rao said ORS packets were available in all medical shops, but just a spoon of sugar and a pinch of salt were required to prepare the life saving ORS. ORS should be given to the child having gastroenteritis (symptoms – vomiting and loose motions) early.

The solution should be fed to the infant slowly, he said. ORS should be continued even if the child vomits it out. The mothers should continue to breast feed the child along with ORS, he said. Giving tips on how to safeguard children against diarrhoea, Dr. Rama Rao said the cup and spoon feeding was better than bottle feeding for babies.


  • Children below five years are more susceptible to infection, says doctor

  • Awareness camp held as part of Breastfeeding and Oral Rehydration Solution week

  • ‘Cup and spoon feeding is better than bottle feeding for babies’