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Summer diarrhea treatment
One loose motion is equal to loss of one glass of ORS. Most summer diarrheas are watery, effortless and painless with no mucous or blood. They need no antibiotics. The only treatment is oral rehydration solution.

If a patient has passed 10 loose motions he needs 10 glasses of ORS apart from normal requirement of fluids and one glass for every loose motion passed again.

A patient with up to 12 loose motions can be managed as an outpatient but if the loose motions are more than 12, he needs observation and if more than 40, he needs intensive treatment.

The main complication is renal shutdown, which will happen if the blood pressure remains low for more than few hours. One should maintain that the patient passes urine every 6-8 hours. If no urine is passed for eight hours, this may indicate threatening Kidney failure.

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