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When should you call 911 about dehydration in children under 12 years?

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Call 911 if the child:

  • Has extremely dry mouth or no tears
  • Is lethargic
  • Is older and does not urinate in 12 or more hours
  • Isn't alert or able to think clearly
  • Passes out
  • Is too weak or dizzy to stand

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vomiting and Diarrhea in Children."

Kaiser Permanente: "Dehydration: Home Treatment."

Dehydration Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vomiting and Diarrhea in Children."

Kaiser Permanente: "Dehydration: Home Treatment."

Dehydration Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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