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Are sport drinks a good electrolyte supplementation for my child with gastroenteritis?

Are sport drinks a good electrolyte supplementation for my child with gastroenteritis?

No: These generally have an excess amount of sugar that can actually worsen the process. I have occasionally used gateraid diluted half & half with water in older kids (>6m).I use pedialyte in most. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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Stomach flu w/watery diarrhoea 7 times a day &fever of 38.2c, drinking water and porridge. How likely is electrolyte imbalance from this? Not pregnant

Stomach flu w/watery diarrhoea 7 times a day &fever of 38.2c, drinking water and porridge. How likely is electrolyte imbalance from this? Not pregnant

Fluids and salts: The problem with diarrhea (and vomiting) is the loss of fluids and electrolytes (salts). Trying to 'keep up' with these losses is essential. "Chicken soup" or the equivalent should help keep the balance. I don't know what is in your porridge but that is the general idea. For symptoms like weakness etc. good to get checked out by a doctor. Make sure urine is light yellow to ensure good hydration. ...Read more

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How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?

How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?

Electrolytes: Colon prep is not likely to affect the electrolyte balance of normal adults significantly. Drinking these sport drinks will not hurt you and perhaps help the economy. ...Read more

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During my workout when is it necessary to switch from water to a sports drink that has sodium, potassium & carbs? Are these electrolytes? Value?

During my workout when is it necessary to switch from water to a sports drink that has sodium, potassium & carbs? Are these electrolytes? Value?

Electrolytes: When you sweat you loose salt and water. Sports drinks with electrolytes try to replace both. Carbs are added for quick energy. Unless you are doing competitive sports, either drinks ar ok. ...Read more

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Can i drink lucozade for gastroenteritis?

Can i drink lucozade for gastroenteritis?

Not a good Idea: It is not a good idea.Drink oral Elecrolyte Solution if available.Or drink clear liquids like 7 up or Ginger ale and bland diet if tolerated and gradually increase diet as condition approves ...Read more

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Will drinking excessive amounts of alcohol cause an electrolyte imbalance?

Will drinking excessive amounts of alcohol cause an electrolyte imbalance?

Dehydration...: ...Is most common problem with excessive alcohol intake. Chronic drinkers are often magnesium depleted, and occasionally have low potassium as well. ...Read more

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I drink about 85-100 oz of water a day plus 32 oz of dr pepper. Will this cause electrolyte imbalance?

I drink about 85-100 oz of water a day plus 32 oz of dr pepper. Will this cause electrolyte imbalance?

Dr. Pepper : As long as your also eating and not just living off dr. Pepper and water and as long as you have normal functioning kidneys like most do, you will not encounter electrolyte imbalance. You will however encounter other less easily treatable conditions with your continued daily 32 oz intake dr pepper, obesity being one of them. The water is okay and start cutting back on the dr. Pepper all together. ...Read more

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Have diaharrea.Get vomit if i eat or drink.What to do can't even take electrolytes.Not eaten in 2 days?

Have diaharrea.Get vomit if i eat or drink.What to do can't even take electrolytes.Not eaten in 2 days?

Possibly goto ED : If your not able to tolerate any rehydration by mouth then you should proceed to the emergency department for IV fluids and lab work to see if you need further electrolyte replacement. ...Read more

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How much coconut water do I have to drink before I replenish all the lost electrolytes after the colonoscopy prep?

How much coconut water do I have to drink before I replenish all the lost electrolytes after the colonoscopy prep?

Drink to thrist : It is hard to ascertain the amount needed without get a BP checked and or labs. Best option is respond to your symptoms. If thristy drink fluids including water, electrolyte solutions and/or coconut water. If you are dizzy light headed then a formal check is needed. Once u are back on regular diet and fluids your body should correct if there are electrolyte issues. Best of luck ...Read more

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Can drinking water wash away electrolytes? My anatomy professor told us this, but I am not finding any on-line references.

Can drinking water wash away electrolytes?  My anatomy professor told us this, but I am not finding any on-line references.

No: A person can lose electrolytes in the urine under normal circumstances which is minimal but when higher than normal ,may be related to medication being used or medical condition of the person. Ordinary water intake will not wash away what is in the body. When adequately hydrated, levels of electrolytes may not be as high due to dilution ...Read more

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I have viral gastroenteritis but when I drink soda it wont stay down?

I have viral gastroenteritis but when I drink soda it wont stay down?

Gastroenteritis: Soda is a carbonated drink and drinking it when your stomach is not feeling well will cause you to vomit. That's because soda produces more gas in the stomach. Drain the soda in a cup and stir it to release the fizz before you drink it - then it might help prevent nausea and vomiting and prevent dehydration. ...Read more

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What does abnormal urea and electrolytes mean in diabetes. Why told to drink more fluids?

What does abnormal urea and electrolytes mean in diabetes. Why told to drink more fluids?

Labs: If you blood urea nitrogen is elevated it means you are dry and need more hydration. Elevated sugar makes diabetics frequently urinate which can lead to dehydration. ...Read more

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After sporting activities, is water ok or do you have to regain electrolytes by drinking gatorade?

After sporting activities, is water ok or do you have to regain electrolytes by drinking gatorade?

Depends on activity: If you exercise for less than one hour in relatively normal temps, then water is likely adequate. If you are a heavy sweater or exercise greater than one hour and/or in hot, humid environments, then electrolyte-containing beverages are encouraged during and after an event. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more


Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, ...Read more