Which dietary modifications are required for the treatment of dehydration?

Updated: Dec 07, 2018
  • Author: Lennox H Huang, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Timothy E Corden, MD  more...
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ORT may be continued at home if clear instructions are provided for the family and if the family members can be relied upon to carry out the hydration regimen. Close follow-up by the primary physician is recommended.

Children with dehydration from gastroenteritis have decreased duration of diarrhea when feedings are started as soon as the patient is able to tolerate oral intake.

Diluting milk or formula is not indicated. Breast-feeding should be resumed as soon as possible.

Foods that contain complex carbohydrates (eg, rice, wheat, potatoes, bread, cereals), lean meats, fruits, and vegetables are encouraged. Fatty foods and simple carbohydrates should be avoided.

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