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Doctor insights on: Dehydration In Children

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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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How can I treat dehydration in children fast?

How can I treat dehydration in children fast?

Hospital care: The fastest recovery from significant dehydration occurs when a kid is rehydrated with IV fluids based on lab tests that verify the type and extent of the dehydration. Minor cases can be managed by standard oral rehydration fluids given in small amounts frequently. ...Read more

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Avoiding Dehydration (Checklist)

Monitor and increase your water consumption
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Avoid alcohol and other diuretics
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What problems may increase the risk of dehydration in children?

Lack of water: The risk of dehydration goes up with exposure to hot and dry conditions which enhance perspiration to keep the body cool. This leads to water loss. Exercise does the same thing. Any set of circumstances with sweat increases the risk of dehydration. The general rule is that if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated! so supply your children with free access to water. ...Read more

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How can I treat dehydration in children fast?

Hospital care: The fastest recovery from significant dehydration occurs when a kid is rehydrated with IV fluids based on lab tests that verify the type and extent of the dehydration. Minor cases can be managed by standard oral rehydration fluids given in small amounts frequently. ...Read more

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What increases the risk of dehydration in children?

What increases the risk of dehydration in children?

Size matters: Kids are not small adults. They have a higher percentage of water to body mass.They have a higher baseline metabolism. They are more prone to gut viruses that adults have developed immunity to. When they get sick, they can shut down and refuse to drink while an adult knows s/he must.Dehydration is a common reason for hospitalization in kids for those reasons. ...Read more

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Symptoms of dehydration - in children vs. In adults?

Symptoms of dehydration - in children vs. In adults?

See below: Dehydration in children may be subtle and the infant or child will be listless, and may have atemperature, and high pulse rate and low blood pressure.In adults they will complain of feeling thirsty, generalized weakness.Dry skin, headache, and have a high pulse rate and low blood pressure. ...Read more

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What problems may increase the risk of dehydration in children?

Lack of water: The risk of dehydration goes up with exposure to hot and dry conditions which enhance perspiration to keep the body cool. This leads to water loss. Exercise does the same thing. Any set of circumstances with sweat increases the risk of dehydration. The general rule is that if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated! so supply your children with free access to water. ...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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What is probably the fatal cause in g6pd abnormal children? Could dehydration be the cause?

Fatality rare in G6P: Fatality is rare in g6pd and may occur following a severe haemolytic event. Persons with g6pd deficiency must strictly avoid things that can trigger an episode which might include dehydration. Spontaneous recovery fem a haemolytic episode is the usual outcome. ...Read more

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Symptoms of dehydration?

Symptoms of dehydration?

Many: There are several symptoms to look out for and depends on the severity of dehydration. Thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, dark urine, and muscle cramps may suggest mild dehydration. Worsening hydration status may be associated with dry, warm skin, little or no urination, delirium, syncope or low blood pressure. You should seek immediate medical attention if dehydration worsens. ...Read more

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Symptoms of dehydration?

Symptoms of dehydration?

Dehydration: Headache, lightheadedness, thirst, dry wrinkled skin, dry lips, decreased urine output, constipation. ...Read more

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What can cause dehydration?

Two main issues: Hydration is your state of water balance. The human body is made up of so many fluid/water based systems that poor hydration can cause the system to fail.Dehydration is caused by 2 main issues:doesn't come in or goes out too fast. If you have no fluid intake, over time your body pees, perspires or breathes off fluid.If you vomit, pee or poo away your fluids you get dry.Either produces dehydration. ...Read more

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Can dehydration stop growth?

Can dehydration stop growth?

Odd question: The body has the ability to tolerate environments with poor access to water by changing the way their kidneys deal with water excretion. Over days and weeks this will come into some balance. If so, the effect on life is likely to trump any effect on growth. In those states where lake off food accompanies lack of fluids, lack of calories stop growth before low level of fluids. ...Read more

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How can I avoid dehydration?

How can I avoid dehydration?

Lots of Fluids : Drink lots of fluids especially clear liquids in small amounts frequently. Most doctors recommend 8-12 glasses (each glass is of about 8 ounces or 250 ml) per day. U may need more if u r very active with lots of exercise or running. Also if outside temperature is over 100F fluid requirement increases because of insensible losses. Water is the best fitness drink but you have so many choices. ...Read more

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What are signs of dehydration?

See below: Feeling weak, lightheaded, fatigue, thirsty, dry mouth. ...Read more