What is Dioralyte?
Dioralyte is an oral rehydration drug: a liquid containing sugars and essential salts to treat or prevent dehydration. A rehydration medication that is taken orally is are also known as ORS (oral rehydration salts).
What is Dioralyte used for?
Persistent diarrhea or vomiting may dehydrate the body. Symptoms include drowsiness, thirst, less or no urine production, weight loss and confusion. Risk groups such as infants or the elderly are more likely to dry out when the body loses too much water in a short period of time. Dioralyte is used to prevent or treat dehydration in infants, children or adults. The sugars and salts in Dioralyte ensure that the intestines are able to absorb the fluids better. You can use Dioralyte as long as you have diarrhea and / or vomiting.
How to use Dioralyte?
One sachet of Dioralyte contains powder that needs to be dissolved in 200 ml of water. Never use any other liquid and do not mix the powder with food. Do not deviate from the indicated amount of water: the effects of Dioralyte may be too weak or too strong. Are you are in a location where water is not guaranteed clean? Boil the water first, and then let it cool. You can store the prepared Dioralyte solution outside the refrigerator for 1 hour. In the refrigerator, the solution can be preserved for 24 hours. Dioralyte should be taken after each watery stool. If this is difficult, you can also drink the solution gradually, with small sips. Give infants Dioralyte right before their normal feedings to make sure that they get enough of this medication. Try to drink as much as possible in addition to Dioralyte to replenish the lost fluids again.
Dioralyte is available in the following flavors: blackcurrant, citrus and original, in packs of 6 or 20 sachets. General guideline to dosage (also see leaflet): 10 ml Dioralyte solution per pound of body weight after each watery stool. Always consult your physician for specific dosing advice, especially with young children! Note: With incessant vomiting, severe diarrhea or severe dehydration in infants, alert a doctor.
There are no known side effects when using Dioralyte. In the leaflet you can read all about any contraindications and other warnings.
Pregnancy / breastfeeding
Dioralyte is safe for (unborn) babies. Therefore it is safe to use during pregnancy or lactation.