Rapid Hydration Works Well In Moderately Dehydrated Children

Pediatrics Electronic Pages

By Elda Hauschildt

Both rapid nasogastric hydration and rapid intravenous (IV) hydration work in the treatment of uncomplicated, acute moderate dehydration in young children.

Rapid nasogastric hydration is associated with fewer complications in children dehydrated from vomiting and/or diarrhoea, but both rapid methods are safe and cost-effective alternatives that can be performed in emergency departments to replace standard care of in-hospital, IV fluid deficit therapy.

"Rapid nasogastric hydration may be safely and effectively used in children suffering from moderate dehydration caused by acute symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, presumed to be from acute gastroenteritis," say investigators from Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, California and the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, United States.

The researchers also say most routine laboratory tests are of little value in treating children with moderate dehydration.

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