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Should a 6mo with fever be given water to prevent dryness of tongue? will breast milk or formula be enough to provide required hydration?

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Dr. Rodney Pollary
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Fluid intake : A rule of thumb for normal fluid intake for a healthy infant is: 2 times the infant's weight in pounds is the total fluid requirements for the day. As an example a 15 pound infant needs 30 ounces per day. With fever more is required. Use Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever. If fluid intake is not adequate see your doctor for further management ideas.
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Dr. Jessica Davis
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Breastmilk or formula is better. They will likely need to drink more of it to stay hydrated. If they need extra fluids, give pedialyte to keep their electrolytes balanced.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Usually not needed: As long as baby is wetting a diaper every 4-6 hours, no additional fluids from any source are necessary.Breast milk is always better during illness than alternatives.
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Last updated Sep 22, 2016

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