- Diluted apple juice better than electrolyte drinks, say researchers
- It can help to replace fluid losses from diarrhea and vomiting
- This is useful for kids suffering from mild gastroenteritis, dehydration
The results showed that 17 per cent children who were administered diluted apple juice experienced less treatment failure compared to 25 per cent given electrolyte drinks.
"The use of dilute apple juice and preferred fluids may be an appropriate alternative to electrolyte maintenance fluids in children with mild gastroenteritis and minimal dehydration," said Stephen B Freedman from University of Calgary in Canada.
The study, published in the journal JAMA, children from age six months to five years with gastroenteritis and minimal dehydration to receive diluted apple juice or apple-flavoured electrolyte maintenance solution.
Among 647 randomised children, 644 completed the follow-up inspections.
Only 2.5 per cent children who drink apple juice/preferred fluids received intravenous rehydration.
"The findings may more accurately reflect the effect rehydration fluid choice has on unscheduled medical visits," Freedman stated.
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