Are  those drinks available in uk or are there equivalents. With an ileostomy 3 hour throughput I have been advised to keep barley sugar with me to combat dryness prior to weakness.

  • Hello Andy, Naomi and Arthur.

    This is Sarah - Clinical Adviser at Eakin. Thank you for answering queries and offering solutions. I just wanted to add a clinical viewpoint on hydration and dehydration. This can be a complex balance for some people to maintain especially in the early weeks and months post op. Everyone is different and will find their own remedies which work well for them. There is a recommended solution called WHO which gives the balance of salts and sugars 

    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp sugar
    1 cup water
    Method Method
    1. Boil the water and keep aside to cool for 30 minutes.
    2. Once cooled, add the salt, sugar and water in a glass and mix well till the sugar dissolves.
    3. Keep sipping on it through the day.
  •  Can you tell me how many glasses I have to sip a day.

    is there a substitute for salt, mostly I have many problems with my legs and feet by using salt.


Reply Children
  • It very much depends on your output. If you are unsure how much is coming from your ileostomy over 24 hour period - take a day and measure your output to see if it is within "normal" limits - 500-800 mls in 24 hours. I would recommend that you discuss with your own medical team if salt is a problem for you. Everyone is different and your requirements will change every day – depending on the weather and your lifestyle. Listen to your body and look for any signs of dehydration such as thirst, tiredness and the darkening colour of your urine. As a starting point  try 200-400ml of the WHO solution every day along with your other fluids will help you stay well hydrated. Strong coffee, alcohol, fizzy drinks, sugary drinks, strong fruit juice and caffeinated energy drinks can stimulate your intestine, increase your output and make dehydration worse. If you have any specific concerns, or your output is more than the average please contact your own medical /nursing team for individual advice.