Educational Series: Oral Rehydration Therapy

In this review:

This review discusses the oral treatment of dehydration associated with acute diarrhea in the
Philippines and reports on the current recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO)
and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for such therapy. Despite
the availability of a simple, effective, and affordable treatment for reducing dehydration, diarrhea
remains a leading cause of mortality in many resource-limited settings in children under 5 years
of age, contributing to 499,000 deaths annually.1,2 It is imperative that both healthcare providers
and caregivers appreciate the relevance of timely and appropriate oral rehydration therapy (ORT)
in this group of patients.

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