In developing and tropical countries, prevention of diarrhea may be more challenging due to dirty water and poor sanitation. The following practical measures help to prevent the condition:

· Clean/safe drinking water

· Good sanitation (toilets and sewerage, for example)

· Handwashing with soap - after defecation, after cleaning a child who has defecated, after disposing of a child's stool, before preparing food, and before eating

· For mothers with young babies, breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life

· Good hygiene practices - both personal hygiene and in the kitchen

· Education on the spread of infection

There is evidence that interventions from public health bodies to simply promote hand washing can cut diarrhea rates by about one-third