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Worldwide, diarrhea remains one of the most common illnesses among children. In the United States, children less than five years of age experience more than 20 million episodes of diarrhea each year, leading to several million doctor visits, 200,000 hospitalizations, and approximately 400 deaths. Much of this morbidity is due to the dehydration associated with acute watery diarrhea. Consequently, the proper management of children with acute diarrhea is essential for all practitioners as well as for parents of small children. This course contains recommendations prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with input from a panel of pediatric and diarrheal management experts, which are consistent with recommendations endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Identify the causes of dehydration in infants and children
- Summarizes oral rehydration therapy and maintenance and its historical background
- Discusses recent advances in the use of oral rehydration therapy,
- Summarize recommendations for clinical assessment and case management, including dietary therapy.
- Review the nursing plan of care and nursing responsibilities
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