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Hydration in acute diarrhoea in childhood: use of dioralyte

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In infants and children with acute diarrhoea the major need is to correct water and electrolyte losses.1 Parenteral fluid replacement is urgently needed if the child is very dehydrated, i.e. has lost more than 5% of his body weight, but otherwise water and electrolyte repletion can usually be achieved using a suitable oral fluid.

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