(Closed) Oral Re-Hydration Therapy for Stomach Ailments

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Have you heard of oral re-hydration therapy before?
    Yes, and I faithfully use it anytime me or SO is sick : (8 votes)
    62 %
    Heard of it, but haven't ever used it : (1 votes)
    8 %
    No, I've never heard of it : (4 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    It seems like common sense to me, but then again, I’m a nurse 🙂 

    However, it’s not usually something that gets brought up in terms of healthy older children and adults- these individuals usually have the physical resources to compensate, even when slightly dehydrated. I’ve heard of oral hehydration therapy more in terms of older babies and toddlers. In this instance, I believe (I know I read somewhere!) that the evidence has shown oral rehydration therapy to be more effective than IV hydration in most cases. 

    Anyway, it amazes me how dumb some people can be! Milk, really?! 

    But then again I’ve seen people do some crazy things that are really detrimental to their health…. 

    ETA: In response to your last question, I would imagine that the vast majority of people who don’t follow the guidelines simply don’t know about them. It’s the kind of thing you learn from having a good mom/dad/family member growing up, or you learn from your doctor after having a baby and making a few mistakes….for those who don’t come from a stable/educated background or have the resources to see a doctor, there isn’t an opportunity to learn.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Dialysate:  I think the milk thing is probably the mom trying to coat the stomach lining and keep blood sugar in check? I know when I have an upset stomach that’s what I do too.

    ETA- and it works. For me, an adult.

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Pedialyte is good but there is a product called Hydralyte that tastes even better, made for adults and kids, lasts longer in the fridge, and you can get in little powder sachets for travelling (on your tropical hot honeymoon?:) liquid or Popsicles. It is recommended by the World Health Orginization for rehydration while sweating, sick, whenever you need electrolytes…. And it doesn’t have all the sugars and carbs that sports drinks do, which is what a lot of adults try to use. I work in a pharmacy and reccommend this product quite often. 

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @WillyNilly:  You know, I’ve heard of people saying that before…but personally, I wouldn’t do it. With an upset stomach, milk would be the #1 thing I’d give someone if I wanted them to throw up!! The average person can go 3 days without eating anything (with no problem) as long as they’re hydrated- so the blood sugar thing isn’t an issue for quite a while. (3 days is when we’d start most people on IV nutrition in the hospital.) It’s my opinion that people are much better off with tiny amounts of hydrating fluid (with electrolytes and some sugar). An oral rehydrating solution would take care of the blood sugar, anyway.

    Now, it’s all more complicated with people who have diabetes, but I won’t go there 🙂

    There is something to be said about the comfort that comes with having a “sick routine” that has historically worked for you, since you were a kid. If milk is your go-to thing and it works for you, do it! 🙂 It’s just not something I’d recommend for anyone who doesn’t already successfully do it.  

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    That’s what I do too, as did my mom when we were sick.  Even with it though, it’s possible to end up hospitalized.  I once started throwing up blood because I was just heaving so badly for a long time.  My sister would get dehydrated very fast, and had to be hospitalized a few times.  She used to pass out after throwing up, so giving her something by mouth would be stupid when she wasn’t conscious.

    I do find pedialyte tastes nasty, so I stick to certain flavours of sports drinks, sprite and gingerale.  Tea – not black or green, with a bit of honey helps settle my stomach as well.  That wouldn’t be right after vomiting though!

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Our own hydration solution is the same one I used at the gym. Half water, half orange juice with a pinch of salt. If the OJ irritates, it gets left out. Then it’s 1 tablespOon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt (we use sea salt) per quart of water. This has been used with babies, adults, and pets with much success!

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Dialysate:  

    @MrsEdamame:  

    Totally. It’s usually just a desperate measure and works for about 10 minutes. Lol

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