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First aid for Kids: Dehydration

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 29, 2011
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If your child is dehydrated, it means that he or she has less fluid in the body than required. Children are more prone to dehydration as the percentage of water content in their body is higher as compared to adults. A child can get dehydrated by vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or sweating if the fluid intake is inadequate. Severity of dehydration can vary from mild to severe and life threatening.


Certain signs and symptoms that could indicate that your child is dehydrated or is becoming dehydrated are

  • Not passing urine since last eight hours.
  • Dark yellow, strong-smelling, small quantity of urine.
  • Lethargy or drowsiness.
  • Dry, parched mouth, tongue and lips.
  • Lack of tears while crying.


First aid for dehydration

  • If your child is dehydrated offer your child water, ORS, or other fluids such as coconut water, lime water frequently. Encourage to drink in sips every 5-10 minutes. Do not give too much fruit juice.
  • To prevent dehydration ensure that your preschooler drinks plenty of fluids, especially on very hot days or when he has vomiting, diarrhea, or fever.
  • If your child looks ill take him or her to the emergency room immediately. In severe dehydration, the child may be given an intravenous (IV) fluid until rehydrated.

Fortunately, most children improve with rehydration at home. But if your preschooler has persistent vomiting, diarrhea or is not improving with home treatment take him or her to the emergency room immediately.



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