Dehydration and Children

Kids and Dehydration

Every year more than 200,000 children in the United States are admitted to a hospital for dehydration, and often they are treated with a painful IV. Why? Children’s hydration needs are much different than those of adults. Children lose water much more quickly, and they require a greater volume of fluids to stay properly hydrated.

Dehydration is caused when the body loses fluids and electrolytes faster than they can be replaced. Several common conditions speed up this loss of fluids and electrolytes:

  • Diarrhea and Vomiting: During an episode of diarrhea or vomiting, the body loses water and electrolytes very quickly. That’s why diarrhea is the most common cause of dehydration in children. Illnesses like stomach flu and food poisoning commonly cause these symptoms.
  • Intense Physical Activity: Sports and other physical activities increase the risk of exercise-induced dehydration, especially in hot and humid climates.
  • Fever: A general rule: Higher fevers lead to a greater loss of fluids, and thus, it’s important to rehydrate often when your child has a fever.


Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration in Children

One of the most reliable indicators of dehydration is urine color. Light yellow or clear urine indicates proper hydration, while dark yellow urine likely means your child is dehydrated.

Other symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth, dry skin and dry eyes (no tears)
  • Thirst
  • Tiredness, sluggishness
  • Fewer wet diapers; decreased urine output
  • Lightheadedness, headache
  • Fever
  • Confusion


    DripDrop ORS is a great tasting, effective dehydration relief solution for children

    DripDrop ORS was created by a pediatrician who was tired of recommending poor tasting electrolyte replacement solutions he knew his patients wouldn’t drink.

    Available in watermelon, lemon and berry flavors, DripDrop ORS tastes better than most pediatric solutions, and does not contain any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. It has 2-3 times the electrolytes of sports drinks, with fewer calories.

    Once you believe your child is dehydrated, start giving DripDrop ORS oral rehydration solution right away by giving the child small sips of the solution. It is safe to continue taking DripDrop ORS until the child is active and urine has a pale yellow color and good flow.

    Best used under medical supervision.