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Dr. Ashu Syal
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Dehydration (Definition)

The excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying ...Read more


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Can low creatinine in children be due to dehydration?

Can low creatinine in children be due to dehydration?

No: Most of our "normal" lab values are from adults. Babies and young children should have a "low" creatinine compared to adult norms as they are normal for their age. It is not from dehydration. If dehydrated, creatinine may be high. ...Read more

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My son is 2 months and I was told to give him pedialyte for dehydration but don't know how many ounces to give him? Do I dilute it?

My son is 2 months and I was told to give him pedialyte for dehydration but don't know how many ounces to give him? Do I dilute it?

Here are some...: For a precise answer, this Q should be referred to a pediatrician or closely follow the recommendation and instruction from product label, and see how he may drink or respond if he is indeed dehydrated. To sort things out properly for possible dehydration and possible need for giving pedialyte, follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Best wish... ...Read more

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Can I give my baby gatorade to treat dehydration?

Can I give my baby gatorade to treat dehydration?

Yes & no: The gatoraid by itself is not designed for babies & is generally too sugary & concentrated for them.I sometimes recommend its use in kids over 6m mixed half & half with water until parents can get another product. Products like pedialyte are lytren are more suited for infants. ...Read more

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Does dehydration give wrong a laboratory test of blood chemistry?

Does dehydration give wrong a laboratory test of blood chemistry?

No: Dehydration will lead to a change in laboratory values on blood tests but they are still accurate. Once the dehydration is treated, the other values will change accordingly. ...Read more

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Can I give my a baby of 7 weeks old starch water to treat dehydration?

Can I give my  a baby of 7 weeks old starch water to treat dehydration?

Yes. Add sugar: Your baby must be well enough to suck and swallow. Sugar water is highly recommended for infant dehydration. Starch requires digestion. Simple sugar is faster. A pinch of salt or baking soda is also helpful. You may place drops of sugar water on the tongue or under the tongue. Then help your baby suck from a bottle that you have made. If this seems ineffective, take your baby to a clinic ...Read more

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If I drink a lot of water or gorteraid I still feel dehydration and I don't know what to do my BP been running low can my condition effect this?

If I drink a lot of water or gorteraid I still feel dehydration and I don't know what to do my BP been running low can my condition  effect this?

What condition?: If you are suffering extreme thirst, definitely check your blood sugar to rule out diabetes. A visit to your physician is in order. We certainly need more details about your past history of syncope to give more advice here. But in general, a low blood pressure and history of syncope would not cause extreme thirst! ...Read more

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Can i give my 3 year old sports drinks instead of pedialyte for dehydration?

No substitute: No, many of the sports drinks contain caffeine and is obviously not suited for a three year old. ...Read more

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I've been on low dose Accutane for 2years but on and off due to severe dehydration,does this effect the outcome?

I've been on low dose Accutane for 2years but on and off due to severe dehydration,does this effect the outcome?

Accutane: Please be cautious with this drug, make sure you aren't pregnant or not planning pregnancy while taking it, even in small doses. This medicine has to monitored by a physician, besides its hazards on pregnancy and unborn babies, it can cause a multitude of side effects. Using it on and off will not be of value, please refer to the doctor who prescribed it, all the best ...Read more

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S/S: Headache & dizziness. BP is 96/54(low for me), HR is 115bpm. Did some moderate exercise 5 hours earlier. Could this be from possible dehydration?

S/S: Headache & dizziness. BP is 96/54(low for me), HR is 115bpm. Did some moderate exercise 5 hours earlier. Could this be from possible dehydration?

Consistent: Your vital signs are consistent with mild dehydration. Other potential diagnoses could be considered. If you still have symptoms or low blood pressure after hydrating it would be worth getting checked out by a health care professional. ...Read more

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Raynaud's disease due to low blood flow or worsened with mild dehydration?

Raynaud's disease due to low blood flow or worsened with mild dehydration?

It is a vasospasm...: Raynaud's disease causes low blood flow in periphery, e.g. Fingers, due to spasm in small peripheral arteries like in hands and feet. Accordingly, discoloration, tingling, numbness, and even pain develop. Due to the already decreased circulating blood volume in dehydration, a raynaud's condition could conceivably appear worse. ...Read more

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I have acute kidney failure and dehydration . They only give me iv fluid . What do I do ?

I have acute kidney failure and dehydration . They only give me iv fluid . What do I do ?

Correct treatment.: That is the treatment for acute kidney failure due to dehydration. Talk to your doc in the hospital to explain what is going on and all your treatment options. Don't be afraid to ask questions, politely. It is also okay if you are feeling doubtful, to ask for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can i give a water to 5weeks old newborn who is breastfeeding? he has mild diarhhea and i am afraid of dehydration

Yes,but: Mild diarrhea is often responsive to just breast milk.If baby is wetting diapers at least every 6 hours and eager at feedings dehydration is unlikely to set in. Pedialyte or similar rehydration supplement would better than water alone if you choose to go that route. ...Read more

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I have mild low platelets, can it be caused by dehydration, stress, etc? If so, can reversing that improve platelet counts?

I have mild low platelets, can it be caused by dehydration, stress, etc? If so, can reversing that improve platelet counts?

Is it really ?: Platelets have a short life and are constantly replenished by the bone marrow. If it is "too low" you are not making enough or some issue is causing them to be consumed too quickly.This would lead to a office visit and specific tests.Levels 0-90,000 would get my attention.Mild dehydration inflates the number.If your numbers are just below the norm and your doc isn't worried,you shouldn't either ...Read more

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My mother is weak, whenever she eats, she vomits, can i give her lucozade? She got dehydration symptoms?? Confusion and slow speech or response

My mother is weak, whenever she eats, she vomits, can i give her lucozade? She got dehydration symptoms?? Confusion and slow speech or response

IV fluids: Depending on the goals of care she actually may need IV fluids, she seems to have uncontrolled nausea/ vomiting. If she is known with advanced disease and the goals are for her to receive her care at home as she is expected to decline would suggest calling her physician at least to get the nausea under control, otherwise she will not be able to keep anything down. ...Read more

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Can someone still be treated for aspirin od 48hrs after ingestion or is it too late then? Taking into account dehydration and low kidney function?

Can someone still be treated for aspirin od 48hrs after ingestion or is it too late then? Taking into account dehydration and low kidney function?

May need support: Generally, the acute management of an Aspirin od would be over by them, but severe cases with respiratory depression, persistent metabolic disturbances and mental status changes would still need treatment and support. This coud include intubation, IV fluids and even dialysis. ...Read more

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