Why shouldn't cola, ginger ale, apple juice, chicken broth, or tea be used for rehydration in young children?
- too many carbs w/high osmolality increases diarrhea and dehydration
- kids are less able to equilibrate electrolyte imbalances
- broth has too much sodium also, possibility of hypernatremia
- tea has no sodium, possibility of hyponatremia
- Kids 5 and up can have sports drinks w/additional sodium if mildly dehydrated and refuse ORS