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Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2009 Nov;12(Suppl 1):S93-S97. Korean.
Published online Nov 30, 2009.
Copyright © 2009 The Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
The Rational Use of Drugs in the Management of Diarrhea in Children
Hye Won Yom
Department of Pediatrics, Seoul Metropolitan Dong-bu Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

Worldwide, diarrhea remains one of the most common illnesses among children. Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) is the cornerstone of diarrhea treatment. Yet, the rates at which ORT is used are still disappointingly low. Additional treatment interventions include antimotility drugs, antisecretary drugs, adsorbents, probiotics, antibiotics, oral immunoglobulin, micronutrient supplementation. Drugs are generally not necessary. However, selected probiotics may reduce the duration and intensity of diarrhea. Zinc is beneficial especially to malnourished children with diarrhea. Antibiotic treatment is effective mainly in shigella and cholera infection. Other drugs may be effective but require further investigations.

Keywords: Diarrhea; Children; Drugs