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

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In young children, mild to moderate dehydration can happen very easily, particularly if the child has diarrhea or is vomiting. Contact your child's pediatrician if your child:

  • Is not drinking enough or eating enough
  • Looks tired
  • Has dark yellow urine or decreased urination
  • Has dry mouth and eyes
  • Is cranky or irritable
  • Vomits more than once
  • Is under 1 year old

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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