• Topic: Health: Disease prevention
  • Definition: Children with diarrhea who received oral rehydration and continued feeding refer to the percentage of children under age five with diarrhea in the two weeks prior to the survey who received either oral rehydration therapy or increased fluids, with continued feeding.
  • Source: UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, and Demographic and Health Surveys.
  • Development relevance: Most diarrhea-related deaths are due to dehydration, and many of these deaths can be prevented with the use of oral rehydration salts at home.
  • Limitations and exceptions: Recommendations for the use of oral rehydration therapy have changed over time based on scientific progress, so it is difficult to accurately compare use rates across countries. Until the current recommended method for home management of diarrhea is adopted and applied in all countries, the data should be used with caution. Also, the prevalence of diarrhea may vary by season. Since country surveys are administered at different times, data comparability is further affected.

List of countries ordered by: Diarrhea treatment (% of children under 5 receiving oral rehydration and continued feeding)

Source: Health Nutrition and Population Statistics - World Bank - Downloaded in August 2017