Signs of Dehydration in Children
Infants and young children can lose a significant amount of fluid at a rapid rate.
- They have more water in the body (by proportion) than adults (70% in infants compared with 60% in adults).
- They have a faster metabolism.
- They have a greater skin surface area to body weight ratio, affecting the sweat loss rate.
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Symptoms of Dehydration in Children
Infants and young children will experience the usual signs and symptoms of dehydration, including:
In addition, children may exhibit abnormal breathing and/or increased capillary refill.
Warning: Dehydration can quickly become very serious in pediatrics. Please seek further medical advice if you are concerned about your infant or young child.
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Managing Dehydration in Children
An oral rehydration solution (Hydralyte) is suitable for use in pediatrics. Hydralyte offers dosage instructions for all ages (including infants under the age of 2).
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- Hydralyte Effervescent Electrolyte Tablets
- Hydralyte Oral Electrolyte Solution
- Hydralyte Oral Electrolyte Powder
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’s oral fluid chart
When managing dehydration in infants and young children, the use of an oral fluid intake chart may be useful to measure fluid intake and losses. You can bring this chart to your physician so they can assess the degree of dehydration in your infant or young child.