Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) is a clinically useful, cost-effective, and safe technique to treat mild and moderate dehydration from diarrheal illness.
ORT is as effective as IV hydr...
Vomiting: duration and amount
Diarrhea: duration and amount
Weight loss: amount
Frequency and volume of urination
Exposure to others with gastroenteritis
Recent antibiotic use
The composition of oral rehydration solution (ORS) according to WHO and UNICEF recommendations:
Total osmolality: 245 mmol/L
Equimolar concentrations of glucose and Na
Designed to be administered by family members
For breastfeeding infants, the mother should continue nursing.
For bottle-fed babies, there sh...
Hartling L, Bellemare S, Wiebe N, et al. Oral versus intravenous rehydration for treating dehydration due to gastroenteritis in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;(3):...
A09 Infectious gastroenteritis and colitis, unspecified
K52.9 Noninfective gastroenteritis and colitis, unspecified
009.0 Infectious colitis, enteritis,...
ORT is as effective as but less costly than IV hydration for mild and moderate dehydration.
ORT is underused in the developed world.
ORT should not be diluted.
The addition of ondansetron...
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