When not to use an Oral Electrolyte

There are a few situations or conditions when an oral rehydration solution should not be used and medical care is warranted. They include:

  • Blockage in the intestinal tract
  • Perforation (tear or hole) in the bowel
  • Fructose intolerance
  • Any episode of vomiting in a newborn or vomiting for more than 24 hours in an infant or child
  • Refusal to eat or drink anything for more than a few hours by an infant
  • For infants and young children, not urinating or having a wet diaper in 4 to 6 hours and for older children, not urinating in 6 to 8 hours
  • Abdominal pain that is severe
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