Educational Series: Oral Rehydration Therapy

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This review discusses the oral treatment of dehydration associated with acute diarrhea in India and reports on the current World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) recommendations for such therapy. Despite this effective, simple and affordable treatment for reducing diarrhea-related dehydration, it remains a leading cause of death in India in children under 5 years of age.1-3 It is imperative that both healthcare providers and caregivers understand the importance of timely and appropriate oral rehydration therapy (ORT) in this group of patients.

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