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Dilute apple juice is good alternative to electrolyte fluids for children with gastroenteritis, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2479 (Published 03 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2479
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Diluted apple juice may be an appropriate alternative to electrolyte maintenance fluids in children with mild gastroenteritis who have minimal dehydration, a study published in JAMA has found.1

Electrolyte maintenance solution is recommended for treating and preventing dehydration, but the evidence in minimally dehydrated children is unproved. It is also relatively expensive, and children may not like the taste.

The trial included 647 children aged 6-60 months with gastroenteritis and …

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