Does oral zinc reduce the duration of diarrhoea in children? Evidence Update, Child Health Series, June 2010.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Lazzerini M, Ronfani L. Oral zinc for treating diarrhoea in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 3. Art. No.:CD005436. DOI:10.1002/14651858. CD005436.pub2.
In areas where diarrhoea is an important cause of child mortality, oral zinc reduces the duration of acute or persistent diarrhoea in young children over the age of six months.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, 2 pp