Carbonated drinks no good for oral rehydration: study

May 27th, 2008 - 2:38 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, May 27 (IANS) Medical experts have warned against administering ‘flat’ carbonated drinks to children with acute vomiting and diarrhoea, as an alternative to oral rehydration. Oral rehydration solution comprises an ideal mix of salts and sugars to overcome dehydration in gastroenteritis wherein fluids, salts and sugars are lost through diarrhoea and vomiting.

In popular perception, carbonated drinks are an effective alternative, particularly for children who are finicky about tastes.

But researchers at Watford General Hospital here were unable to back this up with any published trials.

They looked for information about the contents of different types of liquids and compared them. They found carbonated drinks contained too much sugar but not enough salts.

The authors concluded that “carbonated drinks, ‘flat’ or otherwise, including cola, provide inadequate fluid and electrolyte replacement and cannot be recommended”.

These findings have been published in the May issue of Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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