Digestive health

Dehydration

Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when there is a shortage of water in the body. This can happen at any age, but is especially dangerous in infants and the elderly.

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is an abnormal increase in the frequency and liquidity of the stools. Find out the causes of these symptoms in babies and adults, and more about diagnosis and treatment.

Why electrolytes are so important

There is much talk about electrolytes and how important it is to not lose or overdo them. But do you know what electrolytes actually are and why they are so vital to the body?

Is your child dehydrated?

Dehydration is very common among children and can be life-threatening, particularly when caused by diarrhoea or gastroenteritis. Use this table to check for dehydration levels.

How is dehydration treated?

Taking extra fluids by mouth is the obvious treatment for dehydration and the drinking of water or other liquids is recommended.

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Dr Naayil Rajabally obtained his medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand in 2000. He completed his gastroenterology training in 2011 and subsequently completed his MPhil degree in Gastroenterology at the University of Cape Town. Dr. Rajabally has expertise and special interest in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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