Rehydration therapy is the corner stone of treatment in a dehydrated patient. Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) or intravenous fluids and electrolytes are used according to the degree of dehydration
Extracellular fluid is lost mostly during dehydration. Hence the main aim of rehydration therapy is
Correction of rehydration requires the accurate estimation of deficit, based on the weight of the child and the clinical assessment of the percentage dehydration.
Note that mild or moderate dehydration can be treated very effectively with oral rehydration fluids, even if there is deranged biochemistry.
The following signs indicate that the patient is receiving adequate rehydration therapy:
Last reviewed 01/2018