Neonates require nothing other than the nutritious breast milk or formula milk to maintain required fluid levels in the body. Read more on the advantages of breast milk at www.firsteatright.com. If the child has diarrhea or vomiting, fluid replacement options should be discussed with your pediatrician. Your doctor/pediatrician might suggest an oral electrolyte maintenance solution instead of water or juice to prevent dehydration. This is because, the solution contains glucose and minerals (sodium, chloride and potassium) called electrolytes which help to maintain fluid balance in your baby’s body cells. These minerals are flushed out through body fluids when the baby suffers from diarrhea or vomiting.
If your baby is under two years of age (or older too), never feed an oral electrolyte maintenance solution without consulting your pediatrician. Ailments such as diarrhea and vomiting can further indicate the possibilities of other illness apart from dehydration that might need medical treatment. If diarrhea or vomiting continues past the first 24 hours, get in touch with your doctor. An electrolyte maintenance solution is only like a first aid that prevents dehydration and there is no guarantee that it will stop diarrhea or vomiting.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.