Oral versus intravenous rehydration for treating dehydration due to gastroenteritis in children

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There were no important clinical differences between oral rehydration therapy and intravenous rehydration therapy for rehydration secondary to acute gastroenteritis in children.

Dehydration associated with gastroenteritis is a serious complication. Dehydration occurs when body water content is reduced causing dry skin, headaches, sunken eyes, dizziness, confusion, and sometimes death. Children with dehydration due to gastroenteritis need rehydrating either by liquids given by mouth or a tube through the nose, or intravenously. This review compares oral with intravenous therapy for treating dehydration due to acute gastroenteritis in children.

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