Folie acid in the treatment of acute watery diarrhoea in children: A double-blind, randomized, controlled trial

H. Ashraf, M. M. Rahman, G. J. Fuchs, D. Mahalanabis

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Abstract

One-hundred and six male children aged 6-23 months with a history of acute watery diarrhoea of less than 72 h duration were randomized to receive either folic acid in a dose of 5 mg at 8-h intervals or placebo for 5 d. There were 54 children in the folic acid group and 52 in the placebo group. The admission characteristics were comparable between the two groups. No significant differences were observed in the intake of oral rehydration solution or stool output between the groups. The mean ±SD of total stool output (g kg"') was 532 ±476 vs 479 ±354 and the duration (h) of diarrhoea was 108 ±68 vs 103 ±53 in the folic acid vs placebo group, respectively. The findings, therefore, should have a positive influence on preventing the inappropriate use of folic acid in acute diarrhoea, n Acute watery diarrhoea, children, folic acid

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113-1115
Number of pages3
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Volume87
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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