Every year 29th July is marked as World ORS Day. World ORS Day seeks to emphasize Oral Rehydration Solution as a first line treatment for dehydration. Our country is witnessing a rapid increase in acute diarrhea among young children. Surveys have indicated that children below 5 years were the most vulnerable to acute diarrhea and dehydration induced deaths. This World ORS day lets create awareness on identification and prevention of dehydration in young children.


Dehydration is a condition in which the body loses excess amount of fluids. Humans lose body water daily through many ways like excretions as sweat, urine, and also by exhaling. When a personloses excess water, the body goes out of balance or becomes dehydrated and severe dehydration cases can even lead to death

Symptoms of Dehydration:

  • Dry mouth
  • Increased thirst
  • Tiredor Sleepy
  • Decreased Urination
  • Urine appears more yellowishthan normal
  • Headache
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness

Causes of Dehydration:

  • Diarrhea – The most common cause of dehydration and related deaths. Diarrhea prevents large intestine absorbing water from food. The body excretes too much water, leading to dehydration.
  • Vomiting– Leads to a loss of fluids and makes it difficult to replace water by drinking it.
  • Sweating– The body’s cooling mechanism releases a significant amount of water. Hot and humid weather and vigorous physical activity can further increase fluid loss from sweating. Similarly, a fever can cause an increase in sweating and may dehydrate the person, especially if there is also diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Frequent urination – caused by uncontrolled diabetes, can also be due to alcohol consumption and medications.
  • Burns– Blood vessels can be damaged, causing fluid to leak into the surrounding tissues.

To Overcome Dehydration – Take Oral Rehydration Solution

Oral Rehydration Salts are collectively referred to as electrolytes which consists of minerals and important body salts. Oral Rehydration Solution consists of sugar and water. Make sure that you have ORS at home which can be consumed by you as well as your child. This can prevent vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. ORS is available for purchase from various pharmacies as ORS powder or as a ready-made ORS drink. We can also prepare ORS at home.