Dehydration in Children | Pediatric Dehydration - Frequently Asked Questions

Shivangi Saxena
Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Sep 23, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for Dehydration in children?

You should consult a Gastroenterologist or a Pediatrician in this case.

2. Why can dehydration be life-threatening in children?

Infants and young children can lose a great amount of fluid at a rapid rate because they have faster metabolism so, they are at more risk.

3. Do children have different fluid requirements to adults?

Yes, the amount of fluid needed depends on child’s age, gender, weather and physical activities. So, it is advised that children should target to drink approx. 6-8 glasses of water or fluids.

4. How can I help encourage my child to make good healthy hydration choices?

You can add some tasty flavors of his/her choice to water so, that he enjoys the drinks. Also, try giving some tangible rewards such as stickers, may help to encourage them to drink water or eat foods that they dislike.

5. How can I prevent diarrhea?

Proper hand washing and safe cooking methods are the best ways to prevent the spread of germs causing diarrhea.

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