People of all ages can become dehydrated, but it’s more common in children and should be treated promptly when it happens. The professional pediatrics team at Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care have extensive experience in properly diagnosing and treating dehydration in children, helping them regain their health and vigor. Call or go online today to learn more.
When a child’s body has less fluid than it should for proper and healthy functioning, the child is dehydrated. It can happen for many reasons and can often become a more serious concern. Small children often can’t put into words how they are feeling so it’s very important to be alert to recognize the symptoms of dehydration when they appear.
Many different ailments can cause dehydration in children. The most common are excessive diarrhea, vomiting, increased urination, and a reduced desire to eat or drink.
If you notice your child peeing more and drinking less or not at all, take notice. The many reasons that a child might experience any of these symptoms include:
If you see any of these symptoms of dehydration, don’t wait to seek medical help.
While the causes might be different, they can often cause similar symptoms. These include
Again, it’s important to recognize these symptoms as your child might not be able to describe how they feel. If you’re concerned that your child is dehydrated, seek a proper diagnosis and treatment right away.
The Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care team has extensive experience diagnosing and treating dehydration in children. Diagnosis includes blood and urine tests. The test results help determine if the child is dehydrated and what’s causing it.
Treatment includes rehydrating with increased fluid intake using something like Pedialyte® to replace lost electrolytes. More serious cases call for intravenous fluid replacement. Further treatment of the underlying cause might also be necessary.
If you think your child is dehydrated, don’t wait. Call or go online to book an appointment today to get your child the medical care they need.