Does drinking “flat” cola prevent dehydration in children with acute gastroenteritis?

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Does drinking “flat” cola prevent dehydration in children with acute gastroenteritis?

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Limited clinical evidence plus much biochemical analysis suggests that carbonated drinks, such as cola (whether “flat” or otherwise) should not be recommended for oral rehydration in children with acute viral gastroenteritis. Parents and carers should be discouraged from using “flat” fizzy drinks for this purpose.

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