Diet in the Treatment of Diarrhea: From Tradition to Evidence

Steffen, Robert; Gyr, Klaus
August 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;8/15/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p472
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the role of diet in the treatment of diarrhea. Far into the 20th century, grandmothers were persistently stating that diet was the number one measure for treating diarrhea. Although some physicians warned as early as 1924 that withholding fluids, in particular, was giving disastrous results, traditions lacking evidence have persisted in industrialized as well as developing countries, where restriction of diet may compromise the nutritional status of the patient even further and lead to malnutrition. At present, it is commonly accepted that rehydration is the first goal of therapy.


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