November 5, 1973

Jello as a Solid Liquid Substitute

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New York, NY

JAMA. 1973;226(6):673. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230060049023

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To the Editor.—  At Bellevue Hospital I have recently had experience with the problem of trying to orally administer fluids to the occasional pediatric patient (or to any patient, if one were to extend the problem) who will not drink liquids, but who will eat solid foods. This is a real problem not infrequently encountered in pediatric and geriatric practice, especially in patients with organic mental illness. The solution is frequently a simple one and one that has been used for years in various circles of pediatric care. Jello, custard, or other such products, consisting of some carbohydrate and protein in a comparatively vast amount of water, is frequently tolerated well, because it is in a "solid-like" form. For example, a five-year-old girl with congenital rubella, who would only swallow solid foods, was spared intravenous hydration by simply administering Jello along with the solid diet. Thus I would like to