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My child has severe diarrhea from a rotavirus, how can I maintain his fluids?
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Dr. Scott Williamson
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Rehydration fluids
Rehydration fluids designed to replace lost water and blood salts (electrolytes) can be very helpful.
Some authorities prefer rehydration fluids with fiber like ricelyte © which are reported to be more effective at reducing diarrhea. I would certainly avoid milk products containing lactose until the child is well since many children become lactose intolerant during a bout of rotavirus.

In brief: Rehydration fluids
Rehydration fluids designed to replace lost water and blood salts (electrolytes) can be very helpful.
Some authorities prefer rehydration fluids with fiber like ricelyte © which are reported to be more effective at reducing diarrhea. I would certainly avoid milk products containing lactose until the child is well since many children become lactose intolerant during a bout of rotavirus.
Dr. Scott Williamson
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
You can certainly use any soy products or lacto free formula.there is isomil df by Ross labs which is great till your child's stools are back to normal.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief:
In third world countries, pedialyte has saved thousands of children from dying from cholera.
Pedialyte is the best electrolyte replacement for the fluid and electrolytes lost with diarrhea.

In brief:
In third world countries, pedialyte has saved thousands of children from dying from cholera.
Pedialyte is the best electrolyte replacement for the fluid and electrolytes lost with diarrhea.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine
In brief: Small sips of fluids
Rotavirus infections are common in childhood and they can cause diarrhea that is distressing for the child and the parent.
Diarrhea can lead to dehydration so it is important to make sure your child gets enough fluids. The best way to ensure this is to give small sips of fluid (pediatlyte, gatorade, flat ginger ale). Ginger ale may be good choice because ginger can help nausea and vomiting.

In brief: Small sips of fluids
Rotavirus infections are common in childhood and they can cause diarrhea that is distressing for the child and the parent.
Diarrhea can lead to dehydration so it is important to make sure your child gets enough fluids. The best way to ensure this is to give small sips of fluid (pediatlyte, gatorade, flat ginger ale). Ginger ale may be good choice because ginger can help nausea and vomiting.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
In brief: Frequent small sips
Frequent small sips of water, weakened gatorade, or pedialyte will help avoid dehydration.
Popsicles, ice chips, snow cones and jello are also good alternatives. Large quantities tend to stimulate nausea and vomiting so keep the quantity small. Watch for signs of dehydration: decreased urine, crying without tears, dry mouth, lethargy, etc. See your doctor or the E.R. If any of these occur.

In brief: Frequent small sips
Frequent small sips of water, weakened gatorade, or pedialyte will help avoid dehydration.
Popsicles, ice chips, snow cones and jello are also good alternatives. Large quantities tend to stimulate nausea and vomiting so keep the quantity small. Watch for signs of dehydration: decreased urine, crying without tears, dry mouth, lethargy, etc. See your doctor or the E.R. If any of these occur.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
In brief: Frequent sios
A child may do better with frequent small amounts of liquids rather than being faced with a big glass of liquid.
Also, popsicles and jello are sometimes helpful.

In brief: Frequent sios
A child may do better with frequent small amounts of liquids rather than being faced with a big glass of liquid.
Also, popsicles and jello are sometimes helpful.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Drink, drink, drink
Your child needs to drink a lot of fluids, preferably non citrus juices or electrolyte infused drinks (i.
e. Gatorade or pedialyte). We don't hold onto much of the water we drink, so the juices and drinks are better for fluid replenishment.

In brief: Drink, drink, drink
Your child needs to drink a lot of fluids, preferably non citrus juices or electrolyte infused drinks (i.
e. Gatorade or pedialyte). We don't hold onto much of the water we drink, so the juices and drinks are better for fluid replenishment.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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