If the mother stated the child had not had diarrhea in the last 15 days, or never had had diarrhea at some time, she was asked questions about amounts of breast milk, liquids, and foods given during a diarrheal episode. Also, questions were not asked about what remedies they give the child (ORS, antibiotics, etc.), if they seek help, and if so, where do they seek help. Thus, the changing of the survey has greatly reduced the sample size for these questions.
In regards to the use of ORS the MINSA protocol is to treat a child (w/o diarrheal complications) at home with rice water or herbal teas. MINSA promotes ORS only for children who are already showing signs of dehydration. This measure is intended to ensure adequate supplies and sustainability w/in the UROC's (Oral Rehydration Unit) and to encourage families to prevent dehydration by using home-available fluids. So, with this in mind, at baseline 52.6% of mothers were giving some form of ORS (herbal teas with sugar, rice water, or ORS packets), and from the final survey these results have remained steady, with 50% of mothers giving ORS treatments. See Fig. G. for the symptoms mothers feel they need to seek outside help.