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Frequently asked questions

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The content of this FAQ document is not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians and should not be construed as rendering medical advice.

Can children who are vomiting be treated with DripDrop ORS?

Yes, DripDrop ORS actually reduces nausea and vomiting and restores the appetite through correction of acidosis and electrolyte losses. DripDrop ORS should be given in small sips and regularly.

Can diabetics drink DripDrop ORS?

DripDrop ORS contains sucrose and fructose, both sugars with a lower glycemic index than glucose. Sucralose’s glycemic index is 0 and, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the amount of sucralose that can be consumed on a daily basis over a person’s lifetime without any adverse side effects is 9 mg/kg/day. DripDrop ORS can provide an optimum hydration status, thereby preventing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar concentrations). That said, diabetics should consult a doctor before consuming DripDrop ORS.

Can DripDrop ORS be administered through a nasogastric (NG) tube?

DripDrop ORS given via an NG tube or gastrostomy (“G” tube) should only be done under close medical supervision. The amount to be given should match the amount lost by diarrhea. Initially, in moderate dehydration, the dosage should be 20ml/kg/hour for 2-3 hours to match losses. Check for residual fluid in the stomach if patient becomes distended (bloating) or vomits. Slow the rate of infusion if residuals (measurable amounts of substance in the stomach( are ore than 50ml, until the residuals diminish.

Can DripDrop ORS be administered to people with salt or other restrictions?

People with heart or kidney disease, or people who must restrict their intake of salt, electrolytes or water, should consult a doctor before consuming DripDrop ORS.

Can DripDrop ORS be consumed hot?

Yes, DripDrop ORS can be consumed hot.

Can everyone use DripDrop ORS?

DripDrop ORS is safe and can be used to prevent and treat anyone suffering from mild to moderate dehydration. Adults need rehydration treatment as much as children, although children must always be treated immediately because they become dehydrated more quickly. People with heart or kidney disease, or people who must restrict their intake of salt, electrolytes or water, should consult a doctor before consuming DripDrop ORS.

Can I drink DripDrop ORS if I am pregnant?

All the components of DripDrop ORS are safe to drink during pregnancy but we recommend you consult with your doctor.

Can I drink DripDrop ORS if I have high blood pressure or am on blood pressure medication?

You should consult your doctor before taking DripDrop ORS, but yes, DripDrop ORS is safe to drink by people who have high blood pressure.

Can I drink DripDrop ORS if I have Sickle Cell disease?

Individuals who have Sickle Cell Disease can drink DripDrop ORS.  DripDrop ORS, like any oral rehydration solution, is an effective means to treat most forms of dehydration.  Used appropriately, under the guidance of a physician, DripDrop ORS assists in preventing a Sickle Cell Crisis by restoring proper hydration. Due to the potentially serious nature of Sickle Cell Disease, we recommend that all individuals discuss using DripDrop ORS with their doctor.

Can I freeze DripDrop ORS?

Freezing DripDrop ORS does not compromise its effectiveness. Making a DripDrop ORS Popsicle or slushy is popular for children who maybe having a difficult time holding down liquids.

Does DripDrop ORS contain salicylate, or gluten?

DripDrop ORS does not contain salicylate or gluten.

Does ice affect DripDrop ORS?

Ice will affect the ratio of solution to water, especially if the ice melts. For optimal hydration, mix the solution with water according to the directions on the package.

How do I give DripDrop ORS to my child?

DripDrop ORS can be administered with a spoon, a 20cc syringe, or through a sippy cup for young children. Older children can sip the solution slowly (waiting 10-20 seconds between sips). If your child is vomiting, make sure they drink the solution slowly, in small sips, so that they don’t throw it up.

How do I lose water and electrolytes?

The body is constantly losing water, mainly through breath as we exhale, and electrolytes within water through urine and sweat. Water and electrolytes must be replaced to maintain good health.

How do I prepare DripDrop ORS?

Simply mix the DripDrop ORS packets with water. One 10g size packet makes 8 ounces (or 250 ml) of solution. One 21g size packet makes 16.9 ounces of solution.

How do I use DripDrop ORS to treat dehydration in children?

First of all, it is essential to recognize the symptoms of a dehydrated child. Once you believe your child is dehydrated, start giving DripDrop ORS right away by giving the child small sips of the solution. In a 24 hour period a child should consume a liter of reconstituted DripDrop ORS (powder solution).

The duration of DripDrop ORS use depends upon the type of illness. A quick rule of thumb is to give young children 2-4 ounces of DripDrop ORS after every loose stool, and greater volumes if large amounts of fluid is lost with diarrhea or vomiting. It is recommended to continue taking DripDrop ORS until the child is active and urine has a pale yellow color and good flow.  Begin an age appropriate diet after rehydration is accomplished.

How does DripDrop ORS work?

DripDrop ORS works by leveraging the body’s most effective hydration mechanism: the Sodium Glucose Co-Transport System, where sodium and glucose trigger rapid water absorption in the small intestine.

The precise combination of three ingredients — salts, sugars and water – quickly reverses the symptoms of dehydration; through the process of osmosis, the salts and sugars actually pull water from the gut into the bloodstream.

How long after I mix DripDrop ORS with water can I drink it?

We recommend consuming DripDrop within 6 hours after mixing the powder solution into water. If refrigerated, it can be consumed 24 hours later.

How long can DripDrop ORS be stored?

DripDrop ORS stick packets and cartons are marked with a best by date and product should be used by the marked dates or. After the “best buy” date, the flavor may diminish.

How much and what should I drink after exercise to replace sweat during exercise?

One kilogram of weight loss is roughly equivalent to one liter of sweat loss. Remember that sweat contains water and electrolytes, so the ideal fluid for rehydration is an ORS like DripDrop. After exercise, the amount of ingested solutions should be 1½ -2x as much as sweat loss in order to achieve full restoration of body fluids and electrolytes.

How should lost fluids and electrolytes be replaced during exercise?

The American College of Sports Medicine suggests that fluid intake during exercise should be sufficient to limit any body mass loss to less than 2% of the pre-exercise state. And athletes should never drink so much that they gain body mass during exercise.

If the product clumps or crystallizes, does this impact the effectiveness of the drink?

No. For best results, just make sure the DripDrop is adequately dissolved in the water.

Is DripDrop ORS Kosher?

Yes. DripDrop ORS has been certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union.

Is DripDrop ORS NSF Certified?

Yes, DripDrop ORS is NSF certified.

Is it possible to drink too much DripDrop ORS?

A recommended amount is called out on the DripDrop ORS packaging — adults up to 8 servings per day and children 4 servings per day

Is it possible to over hydrate?

Yes. If we over-hydrate, the water concentration of the blood increases, while the salt concentration is diluted, leading to a condition called hyponatremia. A sustained decrease in the blood’s sodium concentration alters osmotic balance, leading to an increased movement of water into the brain, which in turn leads to swelling. This can progress to confusion, seizure, coma, and even death in very extreme circumstances.

Is there an easy way for me to monitor my hydration status?

Urine frequency, volume and color are probably the best and most useful indicators of our body’s hydration level. If urine frequency and volume are less than normal, then your water intake has probably been inadequate. Dark yellow urine means you are probably dehydrated, whereas pale to light yellow urine color is a sign of normal water balance in your body. Totally clear urine indicates over-hydration. Importantly, thirst is not always the best indicator for dehydration; if you are over the age of 50, or have high levels of fatigue or stress, your body turns off your thirst receptors. So it is important to not wait until you feel thirsty to drink.

Is Zinc Aspartate different than Aspartame?

Yes, Zinc Aspartate is a common, naturally occurring amino acid. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener found in products such as Equal. DripDrop ORS does not contain aspartame.

Should I give breast milk during the DripDrop ORS treatment?

Yes, allow your baby to breastfeed as much as he/she wants. This may be more than usual and that is good.

What are electrolytes and what do they do for us?

Electrolytes are mineral salts that are essential for maintaining the body’s water balance. They are also important for the normal functioning of the cells, especially our heart, muscle, and nerve cells. Essential electrolytes are sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, calcium and magnesium.

What are the signs and symptoms of dehydration in children?

Dehydration can occur quickly in young children and should be monitored closely. The main signs of dehydration in children are:

  • Lethargy (less than normal activity)
  • Irritability
  • Decreased frequency of urination or dry diapers
  • Absence of tears when the child cries
  • Sunken eyes
  • Sunken fontanel (the soft spot on the top of the head in babies)
  • Dry or sticky mucous membranes
What are the symptoms of dehydration?

There are three “grades” of hydration – mild, moderate, and severe – which depends on the percentage of fluid and electrolytes your body has lost. Symptoms of dehydration generally become noticeable after 2% of our normal water volume has been lost. At this point you might feel thirsty, restless or irritable, decreased skin turgor, dry mucous membranes, decreased urine output, sunken eyes, sunken fontanel (the soft spot on the top of a baby’s head), and an absence of tears. These are all signs of mild to moderate dehydration.

In severe dehydration, people may develop diminished consciousness, hallucinations, lack of urine output, cool or moist extremities, and a fast or weak pulse.

What causes dehydration during exercise?

The main cause of dehydration during exercise is sweating. During high performance exercise, the average sweat loss is 1-2 liters per hour, and may be more in some occasions. The elevation of the body temperature and the reduction in the circulating water volume are important factors that can lead to dehydration, fatigue, and decreased physical performance.

What does DripDrop ORS contain?

DripDrop ORS contains a balanced amount of electrolytes (Sodium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Chloride, Magnesium Citrate, Zinc Aspartate) and sugars (sucrose, fructose, dextrose and sucralose) to provide a fast-acting, performance enhancing hydration solution.

What is DripDrop ORS?

Built on 50 years of proven science, DripDrop ORS is a patented Oral Rehydration Solution that treats and prevents dehydration.
With 3x the electrolytes and ½ the sugar of sports drinks, DripDrop ORS hydrates more effectively that water or sports drinks.
A wide range of users with extreme hydration needs turn to DripDrop ORS, including soldiers, first responders, elite athletes, humanitarian workers, health care professionals and individuals with dehydrating health conditions.

What is ORS?

An oral rehydration solution (ORS) is a mixture of electrolytes, sugar, and water taken by mouth to absorb water and electrolytes into the body and properly restore the electrolyte and fluid balance lost by excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea. ORS is an effective treatment for 90-95% of patients suffering from diarrhea, regardless of the cause.

What is the best way to store DripDrop ORS?

We recommend storing DripDrop in a dry, cool, convenient place in your home.

What is the difference between DripDrop and energy drinks?

Fatigue is a common symptom of dehydration and energy drinks treat this symptom, but not the underlying cause. Energy drinks usually contain large amounts of caffeine or B vitamins and are consumed because of their proposed stimulating effect to keep us awake. DripDrop does not contain caffeine or stimulants of any kind.

What is the minimum age for using DripDrop ORS?

DripDrop ORS can be used at any age, though we recommend consulting a physician before using DripDrop ORS for children less than one year of age.

What is the source for the color dyes in DripDrop ORS?

DripDrop’s colors are all natural. The source for our dyes is beta carotene, an organic, strongly-colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits.

DripDrop ORS is sold in 2 different flavors, natural Berry and natural Lemon.

What sugars does DripDrop ORS contain?

DripDrop ORS contains sucrose, fructose, dextrose and sucralose:

  • Sucrose and Fructose: both natural sugars with lower glycemic index than glucose.
  • Dextrose: a corn based sweetener.
  • Small amounts of Sucralose:  a safe, non-caloric modified form of table sugar. Sucralose is considered to be safe by the FDA, the European Food Safety Authority, Health Canada and the World Health Organization.
When should I stop using an ORS and contact my doctor?

If the signs and symptoms of dehydration continue for more than 24 hours, a doctor should be consulted. Medical care should be sought immediately if any of the following warning signs are present:

  • Severe diarrhea or vomiting
  • Decreased urine or no urine
  • Very ill appearance, listless or fainting
  • High temperature (over 101°F)
  • Severe abdominal cramps
When should I use ORS?

ORS is recommended to treat and prevent dehydration resulting from vomiting, diarrhea and excessive sweating. It is a proven intervention endorsed by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Medical Association.

Where can I purchase DripDrop ORS?

You can buy DripDrop at Walgreens (located in the water and baby aisle), Amazon, and here on our website.

Why is hydration so important?

Water constitutes 60% of our total body weight and the body depends on water to maintain its correct temperature. Water also works as a transport system, supplying nutrients and electrical impulses to our cells.

Why is sodium so important in hydration?

Sodium retains body water, maintains hydration status, and works with glucose to enhance the water absorption process in our bodies. Many hydration drinks contain lower amounts of sodium because of its effect on taste. DripDrop ORS retains a sodium level that is optimal for proper hydration, without compromising on taste.

 
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