Diarrhea and vomiting can cause your body to lose large
amounts of water, nutrients, and essential minerals called electrolytes. This
happens faster and is more serious in babies, young children, and older
Rehydration drinks replace fluids and
electrolytes. Plain water doesn't provide necessary nutrients or electrolytes
and may not be absorbed with diarrhea. Note: Rehydration
drinks, such as Pedialyte, are designed for children. Adult rehydration drinks
should not be used for babies and young children.
Rehydration drinks don't make diarrhea or vomiting go away faster, but
they can prevent serious dehydration from developing.
You can make
an inexpensive rehydration drink at home. But do not give this homemade drink to children younger than 12.
ingredients precisely. Small variations can make the drink less effective or
even harmful. Mix the following:
August 17, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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