oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Oral rehydration therapy for gastroenteritis : gastrointestinal tract



Water makes up approximately 60% of a healthy human body. It aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, lubricates the joints and eyes, and keeps the skin healthy. The normal functioning of the body allows for the loss of water from daily urine and bowel movements. When the normal water content in the body is reduced, it upsets the balance of minerals (salt and sugar), and this affects the normal functioning of the body. Dehydration is usually caused by not drinking enough fluid to replace what has been lost. In certain circumstances, such as excessive sweating from heavy exercise, a high fever, when taking medication or during gastroenteritis, the body may lose more water than usual, which can lead to dehydration. This article focuses on how to prevent dehydration caused by gastroenteritis.


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