Oral zinc for treating diarrhea in children

Unit for Health Services Research and International Health,WHO Collaborating Centre forMaternal and ChildHealth, Institute forMaternal and Child Health, Trieste, Italy. .
Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) (Impact Factor: 6.03). 06/2012; 6(6):CD005436. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005436.pub3
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In developing countries, millions of children suffer from severe diarrhoea every year. This is due to infection and malnutrition, and many die from dehydration due to the diarrhoea. Giving fluids by mouth (using an oral rehydration solution) has been shown to save children's lives, but it seems to have no effect on the length of time the children suffer with diarrhoea. Children in developing countries are often zinc deficient. This systematic review of 24 trials involving more than 9000 children shows that zinc supplementation may reduce the duration of diarrhoea in children aged six months or more.

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