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Doctor insights on: Dehydration In Children

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Dr. Ashu Syal
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Dehydration (Definition)

In physiology and medicine, dehydration (hypohydration) is 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