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Table 2 Local types of child diarrhoea associated to breastfeeding in rural Andean Peru

From: Socio-cultural factors for breastfeeding cessation and their relationship with child diarrhoea in the rural high-altitude Peruvian Andes – a qualitative study

Local name Perceived cause Symptoms Diarrhoea-specific perceptions Preventive practices and beliefs Treatment preferences
Colour Texture Quantity
"Hot milk” Hot - Diarrhoea White or yellow Pasty Abundant - Avoid breastfeeding in/after sun exposure - “Cold” herbs
- Fever - Rubbings
- Vomits
“Cold milk”a Cold - Diarrhoea Green Mucous Irregular - Avoid breastfeeding in/after sun exposure - “Hot” herbs
- Vomits - Consumption of hot beverages - Rubbings
“Hidden heat” Hot and Cold - Diarrhoea - - - - - “Hot” herbs/“Cold” herbs
- Vomits
“Dull milk” Personal diet - Abdominal pains - - - - Back slapping - Back slapping
- Constipation - Stomach cleaning - Stomach cleaning
- Foaming stools
“Choleric milk” Emotional status - Diarrhoea Yellow Pasty Abundant - Avoid negative thoughts - “Cold” herbs
- Vomits - Rubbings
- Anti-choleric
“Spoiled milk” New pregnancy - Diarrhoea Yellow or green Liquid - - - breastfeeding cessation
- Vomits
  1. aAlso called chiriaiti