As patients with a fever can often have a reduced interest in fluid consumption, small volumes of an oral rehydration solution (Hydralyte) may encourage drinking and help to address mild dehydration.
Children may exhibit increased capillary refill times. To check this, press the skin firmly. If it takes more than 2 seconds for the white mark to disappear, the child may be dehydrated.
The following are some suggestions on how to manage your child’s dehydration. However, pediatric dehydration is something to be very careful with and it is always best to consult with a doctor if your child is showing any of the signs or symptoms mentioned above.
It is recommended at this stage to offer your child an oral rehydration solution (ORS), designed to replenish lost fluids. Hydralyte is scientifically formulated to contain the correct balance of glucose and electrolytes for rapid rehydration. The formulation is based on the World Health Organization criteria for effective rehydration. Water or sugary drinks are not as effective as Hydralyte, as they do not restore lost electrolytes (which retain the fluid).
Hydralyte may or may not be suitable for use in pediatrics. Always consult your physician before using any type of oral rehydration therapy to ensure that it is age-appropriate.
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If your child presents signs of severe dehydration, vomiting, and diarrhea, take your child to the doctor for immediate care as soon as possible. Once your child has been evaluated by your physician, be sure to follow up on ways to prevent future dehydration.
Especially in summer or hot climates, children are more likely to be exposed to hot temperatures, sun, and humid weather. Because children tend to dehydrate faster, it is important to make sure your child is receiving enough fluids. Remember that both heat and sun exposure can often result in mild to moderate dehydration if not properly managed.
If your child seems to present any signs of dehydration after a long day outside, make sure to increase fluid intake and allow plenty of time for rest and recovery. Adding an oral rehydration solution like Hydralyte, can help expedite the fluid replenishment process.
Additional Tips on Preventing Dehydration:
When managing dehydration in infants and young children, use a fluid intake chart to measure your child’s fluid intake and losses. You can bring this chart to your physician so they can assess the degree of dehydration (mild, moderate or severe) in your infant or young child, thus being able to provide the best rehydration solution.