There are many reasons why children can get “dried out” or dehydrated (dee-HI-drate-ed). A child can lose too much liquid from the body from diarrhea or vomiting. If the child has mouth sores or a stomachache, he may refuse to drink enough. Getting too dried out can be dangerous for infants and young children, but it can be prevented. If the liquids are not replaced, the child may need to have an IV. We don’t believe an IV is needed at this time, but you should follow the advice checked below:
These are the amounts of liquid you should try to work up to gradually, as long as your child is vomiting, or has diarrhea or lacks interest in drinking fluids:
|Child's Weight||Amount of Liquid to Work Up to Gradually|
|10 lbs.||At least 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) of liquid every hour|
|15 lbs.||At least 2-1/2 ounces (6 tablespoons) of liquid every hour|
|20 lbs.||At least 3-1/2 ounces (or 1/2 of a large glass) of liquid every hour|
|40 lbs.||At least 6-1/2 ounces of liquid every hour (or one large glass every hour)|
|60 lbs.||At least 10 ounces of liquid every hour (1-1/2 large glasses per hour)|
For babies younger than 12 months – breast milk, formula, Pedialyte®, Naturalyte®, Infalyte®, K-Electrolyte® powdered mix.
For toddlers and children – same as above. You may also give regular milk. Avoid any red-colored food or liquids that might look like blood in diarrhea or vomited material.
Call your child's doctor if you think your child is getting worse, or:
If you have any questions, be sure to ask your doctor or nurse.
HH-I-207 10/05, Reviewed 10/13 Copyright 2005, Nationwide Children's Hospital