'13 children die everyday due to diarrhea'

Did you know that 13 children die everyday in the Philippines because of diarrhea?
Date Posted: Oct 6, 2015

MANILA -- Did you know that 13 children die everyday in the Philippines because of diarrhea?

According to health experts, over one million children in the country suffer from diarrhea -- an infectious disease usually caused by bad hygiene and issues in sanitation.

A lot of people do not know that diarrhea is actually a contagious disease. It can, thus, be transmitted from one person to another.

"Naipapasa 'yong mga viruses, 'yong mga bacteria, at 'yong mga parasito na galing doon sa mga bagay na hinawakan noong taong nagda-diarrhea," said infectious disease expert Dr. Rey Salinel.

Estrellita Petecio, a mother, recalled the incident when her 7-year-old son started experiencing loose bowel movement (LBM) on his first day of class.

"Three days siyang hindi nakapasok kasi sobrang sakit ng tiyan niya. Tapos, panay ang suka. Tapos, 'yon, nagtatae," Petecio added.

According to Salinel, LBM can be lethal to children especially because it results in dehydration. He also explained that LBM is just one of the many symptoms of diarrhea.

Salinel, therefore, recommends frequent hand washing with the use of soaps that contain antibacterial properties.

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