Posted by: Nicholas Swetenham | April 22, 2009

Coke for tummy-ache – fact or fiction?


On the BBC today:

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence said it was a myth that sugary drinks could help ease bouts of gastroenteritis.


Oral rehydration salts (ORS) are definitely the best solution for a dehydrated child. But for one with a minor tummy ache, surely a sweet drink might make them feel better? Perhaps a small amount could be used to wash out the taste of ORS, which is not that great (but not that bad either).


  1. In developing world situations, where ORS, or clean water to mix up ORS might not be available, flat sugary coke is an acceptable alternative.

    The point being that fluid is absorbed more readily than by drinking water alone.

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