Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Diarrhoea and Child Growth

Thanks Judy for this in your e-mail.

My friend sent this link about treating diarrhoea in her e-mail and I thought this is really useful for us who have young kids and are constantly caring and worrying about them.

Just to "cut and paste" parts of the story to summerise :

When someone gets diarrhoea, sometimes the solution is so easy, we wonder why anyone has to suffer.

The secret is in rice water.

My mother knew about it. When Dr Albert Winsemius came to Singapore many years ago for a farewell and thank you dinner in his honour, he brought along his wife Aly and his granddaughter, Jolijn. Both women came down with very bad gastroenteritis.. They saw the doctor who gave them medication. It was slow to work.

Mother boiled some rice in lots of water and went to their hotel with two 1.5L bottles of rice water.

Never heard of this cure before. To my surprise, it worked, and they were even able to go out for dinner the next day. Both were exclaiming how the rice water did the trick of making them well again.

It is rice water and not rice, that does the trick. I have found it effective again and again. You take a handful of rice and boil it in a large saucepan with lots of water. Like three or four large glasses. Then you cool that and drink the water.
If you are in a hurry to relieve
the ailing person, take the saucepan off the fire and dunk it in a frying pan or basin of cool water with ice cubes if necessary.

This gives the patient a chance to drink the rice water sooner and cure himself or herself sooner.

When drinking the rice water, make sure there is lots of it. You have to tell the patient that enough water must go in to line your guts from throat to other end, all 10 to 12 metres of it. If you take rice, it stays in the stomach. If you take broth, some of it may go into the small intestine.

But if you take rice water, it will carry rice grains to every inch of your small and large intestine to the end where the problem is.

We always say "Eat rice".
Now we can also tell others, "Drink rice."
Have a good week.


Angeline said...

Hey hey, we are truly spreading the good news. I did the post on 15th April too....cos' that was how I was brought up...drinking rice water to 'tackle' my weak gastric....

little prince's mummy said...

Thankx for sharing... I read it in Angeline's blog, too!

mumsgather said...

Oh wow. Is that right?

Linda said...

i must try it on my hubby... thanks for the tips... if i know about this earlier... i might try it on my 8 month old baby. she was having diarrhea for a week.... i feed her instant rice powder, yogurt, and banana...

Moomykin said...


Hey, great hearts share alike.

Sorry I have not had time to go blog-hopping these days. Still adjusting to having a little one.


Little prince's mummy,

Ah, double the dose then, eh?

Moomykin said...


It's the first time I hear of it too, but will sure put it to the test the next time I come across anyone with a stomach upset.



Ok, do let me know how well it works.

Moomykin said...


p/s- hope your little girl is better by now.

milochel said...

PLs pls pls be careful about ppl who have kidney problems coz they may get fluid overload and swelling in their legs and stuff.. dangerous.. one of the patients in the ward i was clerking on suffered from this.. as in drinking too much water when he had kidney problems.. so be careful yeah..