Oral rehydration therapy

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Find out how oral rehydration therapy can treat dehydration caused by viral gastroenteritis.

Key points

  • Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) is an effective form of treatment for dehydration caused by gastroenteritis.
  • ORT is an effective alternative to intravenous therapy and can be given in a range of settings.
  • Oral rehydration solution (ORS) can be bought in stores in a pre-mixed bottle or packaged powder.
  • ORS should be given in small, frequent amounts.
  • If your child's dehydration or sickness does not improve with ORT, take them to the hospital for assessment.
Last updated: October 30th 2019