Summary of Study Session 5

In Study Session 5, you have learned that:

  1. Diarrhoea is a common illness among children under five years of age in Ethiopia.
  2. To assess diarrhoea in a child or young infant the steps you should take are:
    • look for general danger signs
    • ask for duration of diarrhoea
    • assess for signs of dehydration
    • ask about blood in the stool.
  3. Based on your findings on assessment, you classify the child for:
    • Dehydration
    • Persistent or severe persistent diarrhoea
    • Dysentery.
  4. The classification and treatment in a child and a young infant are different; if a young infant has had diarrhoea for 14 days or more they should always be classified as having severe persistent diarrhoea.

5.7  Classify diarrhoea in young infants

Self-Assessment Questions (SAQs) for Study Session 5