Measuring spoons, London, England, 1981

Made:
1981 in London
maker:
Teaching Aids at Low Cost

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Group shot 0f 5 of Eleven measuring spoons (two sets plus one spare) for oral rehydration mixture used to counter
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Two sachets of oral rehydration salt mixture, 1981 (1981-1491), together with five spoons for use in oral rehydration,
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Eleven measuring spoons (two sets plus one spare) for oral rehydration mixture used to counter dehydration caused by diarrhoea (in infants occasioned by bottle feeding) for use in Third World countries, by Teaching Aids at Low Cost, London, 1981

A mixture of sugar and salt in water is enough to rehydrate a person experiencing dehydration, often as a result of diarrhoea. In poorer parts of the world, the combination of diarrhoea and dehydration can prove fatal. These spoons were intended for use on health projects run by UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Fund.

The sugar bowl is marked “A” and the salt bowl is marked with a “B”. Children should have one dose and adults two doses of the mixture after each episode of diarrhoea. Each spoon is marked in a different language: the green spoon is in English, the yellow in French, blue is Arabic, orange is Spanish and red is Italian. The measuring spoons are shown with sachets of oral rehydration salt mixture (1981-1491 Pt1).

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
1981-1449
Measurements:
overall (single): 15 mm x 180 mm x 25 mm, 25 mm, 0.008 kg
overall (9 spoons on display): 0.04 kg
type:
measuring spoon
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • jewellery
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • measure - volume
credit:
Institute of Child Health
status:
Permanent collection

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