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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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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more


Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

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