Nutritional Support for Acute Diarrhea in Children: Focused on Age-appropriate Diet Therapy after Rehydration

영유아 급성 설사의 영양 공급: 탈수 치료 후 연령별 식이요법을 중심으로

  • Chu, Mi Ae (Department of Pediatrics, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine) ;
  • Choe, Byung-Ho (Department of Pediatrics, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine)
  • 추미애 (경북대학교 의학전문대학원 소아과학교실) ;
  • 최병호 (경북대학교 의학전문대학원 소아과학교실)
  • Received : 2009.10.31
  • Accepted : 2009.11.06
  • Published : 20091100


The mainstay in the management of mild to moderately dehydrated children is fast rehydration by using hypotonic ORS (oral rehydration solution) and complete resumption of normal diet, including lactose-containing formula after 4 hours rehydration. Since the majority of young children with uncomplicated acute diarrhea will tolerate large amounts of undiluted non-human milk, withholding food and milk from children during diarrhea is not recommended anymore, regarding time to resolution and diarrhea control. In addition, routine dilution of milk and routine use of lactose-free formula are not necessary after fast ORS therapy. Breastfed infants and children fed with solid foods may safely continue receiving their usual diets during diarrhea instead of gradual reintroduction of feeding. However, young infants or children with severe diarrhea or malnutrition should be carefully treated under supervision if fed with lactose containing, non-human milk exclusively.


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