‘Poor Man’s Gatorade’; Simple Drink Saves Kids’ Lives

BORUNGO KHOLA, Bangladesh — A pinch of salt. A fistful of sugar. A half liter of water. It’s a recipe 8-year-old Mee Akter recites easily while squeezing and scooping her tiny fingers through the air with precision, pretending to measure just the right amount of each ingredient.

“You take the salt with three fingers,” says the little girl in a pink- and blue-ruffled dress, smiling shyly. “I learned it in school last year.”

Over the past 30 years, this simple ‘poor man’s Gatorade’ has become a cheap, trusted home remedy passed down to generations of Bangladeshi moms nationwide. It is bought or whipped up and sipped down at the first sign of diarrhea to stave off dehydration, which can drain a weak child of life in just hours. (Click to read entire USAToday article…)

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