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Summer Tips : Dehydration Signs in Children

Dehydration Signs in Children

  1. Dry, sticky mouth
  2. Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  3. Thirst
  4. Decreased urine output
  5. Few or no tears when crying
  6. Dry skin
  7. Headache
  8. Constipation
  9. Dizziness or lightheadedness

When to see a doctor
If you’re a healthy adult, you can usually treat mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids, such as water or a sports drink (Gatorade, Powerade, others). Get immediate medical care if you develop severe signs and symptoms such as extreme thirst, a lack of urination, shriveled skin, dizziness and confusion.
Treat children and older adults with greater caution. Call your family doctor right away if your loved one:
1.Develops severe diarrhea, with or without vomiting or fever

2.Has bloody or black stool

3.Has had moderate diarrhea for 24 hours or more

4.Can’t keep down fluids

5.Is irritable or disoriented and much sleepier or less active than usual

6.Has any of the signs or symptoms of mild or moderate dehydration

Go to the nearest hospital emergency room or call 911 or your emergency medical number if you think a child or older adult is severely dehydrated. You can help prevent dehydration from becoming severe by carefully monitoring someone who is sick and giving fluids, such as an oral rehydration solution (CeraLyte, Pedialyte, others), at the first sign of diarrhea, vomiting or fever and by encouraging children to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.