First Aid: Dehydration

First Aid: Dehydration

First Aid

Dehydration can occur if kids aren't drinking enough fluids. They also can become dehydrated if they lose fluids through vomiting, diarrhea, or both.

Signs and Symptoms

Mild to moderate:

Severe:

What to Do

Mild dehydration often can be treated at home. If your child has diarrhea but no vomiting, continue feeding a normal diet. If your child is vomiting, stop milk products and solid foods, and:

Seek Emergency Medical Care

If Your Child:

Think Prevention!

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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