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Intraperitoneal Fluid Infusion in Children with Gastroenteritis

Br Med J 1969; 3 doi: (Published 30 August 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;3:500
  1. O. Ransome-Kuti,
  2. Oyinade Elebute,
  3. Taofeequat Agusto-Odutola,
  4. Sonia Ransome-Kuti


    In a study of 91 babies with dehydration as a result of gastroenteritis the intraperitoneal route was found to be safe and effective in those with mild or moderate dehydration, but not in those who were severely dehydrated. The fluids found to be most effective in the intraperitoneal technique were normal saline with 28 mEq of potassium chloride per litre, or for hypertonically dehydrated babies half-strength Darrow's solution. This technique can be carried out by a nurse working single-handed if the baby is premedicated with promazine.