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Mota HF
Acute diarrhea and respiratory infections, new faces of old acquaintances
Rev Fac Med UNAM 2002; 45 (3)

Language: Español
References: 6
Page: 103-109
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The two pathologies are discussed separately, each being described in terms of etiology, risk factors, symptoms and prevention, as well as prognosis and treatment of choice. In the case of diarrhea, references are made to medications and include a detailed description of dehydration care and the adequate use of oral salts; the description ends with the treatment of hypovolemic shock and dysentery.
The section on respiratory infections includes separate descriptions with and without pneumonia, detailing three levels of therapies with antibacterials, nutrition and symptomatic remedies and hospitalization for severe cases. An important point lies in the capacitation of the mother to recognize the serious symptoms and to act accordingly, as much for infectious diseases as for diarrhea.

Key words: Diarrhea in infants, dehydration, oral salts.


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