Comparison of the sodium contents of six commonly recommended oral rehydration solutions

Academic Article


  • The sodium contents of six differently prepared oral rehydration solutions (ORS) were measured. A total of 452 solutions were prepared in our gastro-enteritis unit. The finger-pinch-and-cup method produced sodium values that were too high and too variable. The most acceptable sodium level was achieved using half a 5 ml medicine teaspoon or 1 level common household teaspoon of salt in 1 litre of water. Half a commonly available household teaspoon of salt caused sodium levels to be low but still acceptable and safe. We recommend that half a teaspoon of salt in 1 litre of water be used when preparing an ORS.
  • Authors

    Author List

  • Zietsman J; Hay IT; Hansen JDL; Dauth J; Dreyer MJ
  • Start Page

  • 478
  • End Page

  • 479
  • Volume

  • 76
  • Issue

  • 9