Study identifies risk factors for prolonged diarrheal duration, complications in children

A new pediatric study has found that younger age, malnourishment, dehydration, fever, dysentery (bloody stool), longer duration of diarrhea prior to admission, and the failure to treat diarrhea with medication put children suffering an acute bout of diarrhea at increased odds of experiencing a prolonged course or complication.

Key Point: Children suffering from acute diarrheal episodes and with identified risk factors should be monitored closely and treated aggressively to decrease mortality risk.

India’s National Family Health Service estimates that approximately 9% of children under the age of 5 suffer from diarrhea and 1% will have blood in their stools in a given 2-week period. The World Health Organization reports about one-third of hospital admissions in developing countries are due to diarrhea-related diseases, and 17% of these admissions end in death.

In this study, published in the Indian Journal of Pediatrics, data from a micronutrient clinical trial were used to identify risk factors for prolonged diarrheal duration and complications in...

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