Research Article

Has treatment for childhood gastroenteritis changed?

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 04 May 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:1321
  1. G A Kumar,
  2. T M Little


    Because so many children with gastroenteritis in our area were being treated with drugs, which are potentially harmful, we assessed the extent of treatment before admission to hospital of 288 children. Sixty four had been treated: 45 with antibiotic, antidiarrhoeal, or antiemetic drugs and 34 had been given glucose-electrolyte solution, 15 of those had also been given drugs; 119 had had no treatment. Since 1979 there has been a decrease in the use of drugs for gastroenteritis, but glucose-electrolyte mixtures are still underused.