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Does drinking "flat" cola prevent dehydration in children with acute gastroenteritis?
  1. Ashley Reece (ashley.reece{at}
  1. Watford General Hospital, United Kingdom
    1. Michelle Jacobs (michelle.jacobs{at}
    1. Watford General Hospital, United Kingdom


      Limited clinical evidence plus much biochemical analysis suggests that carbonated drinks, such as cola (whether "flat" or otherwise) should not be recommended for oral rehydration in children with acute viral gastroenteritis. Parents and carers should be discouraged from using "flat" fizzy drinks for this purpose.

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