How do I prepare an Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) solution at home?
If ORS packets are not available, mix an oral rehydration solution using one of the following recipes; depending on ingredients and container availability: Recipe for Making a 1 litre ORS solution using Salt, Sugar and Water – Clean Water – 1 liter – 5 cupfuls (each cup about 200 ml.) – One level teaspoon of salt – Eight level teaspoons of sugar – Stir the mixture till the sugar dissolves. The home-made solution is adequate in most causes. If the diarrhoea is severe, ask your chemist for a special packet of Oral Rehydration Salts. Follow the instructions on the packet carefully. Drink sips of the ORS (or give the ORS solution to the conscious dehydrated person) every 5 minutes until urination becomes normal. (It’s normal to urinate four or five times a day.) Adults and large children should drink at least 3 quarts or liters of ORS a day until they are well. If you are vomiting, continue to try to drink the ORS. Your body will retain some of the fluids and salts you need even though you