Germs in your child’s environment may cause, worsen diarrhea

Diarrhea is among the most common diseases that threaten children. If untreated, it could lead to severe dehydration, rapid fluid loss, and even death.
Date Posted: Jun 30, 2015

MANILA - Diarrhea is among the most common diseases that threaten children. If untreated, it could lead to severe dehydration, rapid fluid loss, and even death.

According to the World Health Organization, each year, nearly 1.7 billion people suffer from diarrhea. And more than 800,000 of them die.

Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, spokesperson of the Department of Health, said diarrhea is still a big problem in the Philippines. “Hindi natin puwedeng sabihin na it does not happen in the Philippines; it does happen,” Suy said.

One such victim of diarrhea is JL Molino.

According to Mary Joy Molino, JL’s mother, her son got diarrhea from playing outside their home and exposing his body to dirt. “Hindi siya naligo kasi pamahiin namin na ‘pag pinawisan ka, 'di ka puwedeng maligo,” Molino said.

Stomach pain, abdominal pain, and vomiting are some of the common effects of diarrhea, according to Suy. “The patient may die. That’s the worst scenario that could happen,” Dr. Suy added.

Molino said she spent a total of P2,000 for her son’s treatment alone. She does not want this to happen again. Since then, she has always ensured that her son would observe proper hygiene.

Molino told her son that he could still play outside of their house. “Basta pag-uwi mo ng bahay, maghugas ka ng kamay, maligo, para iwas sa sakit” she said.

Suy reminded parents that it is their responsibility to monitor the activities of their children. According to him, “Anyone with a good personal hygiene, malinis na katawan, would have a healthy life."

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