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Rehydration salts

Hello, my 72 year old Dad had the operation to remove a 7cm tumour from his colon 3 weeks ago, they also removed 42 lymph nodes. He doesn't have a bag. He has a large scar which appears to be healing well. My question is whether it would be ok to give him rehydration salts such as Dioralyte? He's not very good at drinking water (He mostly drinks cups of tea) and I'm worried that he's getting dehydrated. He's very tired and feels unwell, but I guess that's to be exited given the scale of the op and his age. Many thanks, Claire

Sarah Staff (Support and Information)

@cliqt @nurse
Thank you for your post. It is important that your dad keeps hydrated but I suggest that you contact your Dad's nurse just to check in the first instance. As they have all his medical records they would be the best people to contact.
Our nurse is not available today but should be able to follow up with your query within the next couple of days.
Thank you

Jane SH Nurse Advisor

Dear @cliqt
Thank you for your post. The symptoms you described here are consistent with the stages of recovery after major surgery. In answer to your specific question I agree with Sarah's that its best to ask your Dad's specialist nurse.

Here's a link to this useful booklet Your diet and lifestyle (also found on our website).

Encourage your Dad to drink about 5-6 glasses of oral fluids a day. If his urine is straw-coloured then that’s a good sign he’s well hydrated.

Besides drinking water, milk is a top hydrating choice. Coffee and tea also count. Many used to believe that they were dehydrating, but the diuretic effect does not offset hydration. If you don't like the taste of plain water, try adding slices of lemon, orange, cucumber or sparkling water with raspberries and a sprig of mint. Juices and sports drinks are also hydrating -- you can lower the sugar content by diluting them with water.

I hope this helps

with very best wishes
Jane SH