Diarrhea Prevention Steps in Children
ORAL REHYDRATION THERAPY (ORT)
Advantages and Limitations of ORT :
Fellow- Pediatric GI, University of Maryland, USA
Advantages of ORT
Elimination of the need for IV line placement
Treatment that can be done or continued at home
Safe and few side effects
Limitations of ORT use
Altered mental status with concern for aspiration
Underlying disorder that limits intestinal absorption of ORT (eg, short gut, carbohydrate malabsorption)
If stool output continues to be excessive, and ORT is unable to adequately rehydrate the child.
If there is severe and persistent vomiting, and inadequate intake of ORS, intravenous therapy is recommended.
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