Intravenous rehydration of children with gastroenteritis: which solution is better?
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    Added glucose to intravenous fluids for rehydration of children with gastroenteritis- Authors reply
    • kristen a neville, doctor
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      • Charles F Verge, Andrew R Rosenberg, Matthew W O’Meara, Jan L Walker

    Dear Editor,

    The letter from Sanchez-Bayle and colleagues(1) states that the administration of hypotonic saline to children with gastroenteritis is not, in their hands, associated with an increased risk of hyponatraemia. This is in sharp contrast to our findings,(2,3) and those of others, showing that the risk is real. Unfortunately the data provided by Sanchez- Boyle is insufficient for analysis and we look for...

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    A safe solution

    Dear Editor,

    The letter from Sanchez-Bayle and colleagues (1) partially describing a study into the administration of hypotonic intravenous fluids adds little to the safety of children receiving intravenous fluids. The deaths of at least 50 children attributable to the administration of hypotonic intravenous fluids in clinical settings associated with increased circulating levels of antidiuretic hormone have been de...

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