World health organization

10 facts on child health

A woman health worker spoon-feeds ORS to a sick baby girl, Nigeria
UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

Diarrhoeal diseases are a leading cause of sickness and death among children in developing countries

Exclusive breastfeeding and proper sanitation and hygiene, and immunization help prevent diarrhoea among young children. Treatment for sick children with Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and zinc supplements is safe, cost-effective and saves lives. The lives of more than 50 million children have been saved in the last 25 years as a result of ORS.

© WHO. All rights reserved.