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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. Jessica Davis
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. Rodney Pollary
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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