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How can I treat dehydration caused by a norovirus infection?

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To prevent dehydration, make sure to drink plenty of liquids, especially water and juices. Give children an oral rehydration solution (such as Pedialyte) to replace lost fluids and electrolytes. Avoid sugary drinks, which can make diarrhea worse, as well as alcohol and caffeinated beverages, which can dehydrate you further.

Symptoms of dehydration include dizziness when standing, dry mouth, and a reduced need to pee. Children who are dehydrated may be unusually sleepy or fussy and produce few or no tears when they cry.

Some people get listless and lethargic. This could indicate compromised electrolyte balance from dehydration, and that requires medical attention.

If severe dehydration develops, contact your doctor. Severe dehydration is sometimes treated with intravenous (IV) fluids.

From: Norovirus: Symptoms and Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Edward Gaydos, DO, pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic.

CDC: "Norovirus: Clinical Overview."

CDC website.

San Francisco Department of Public Health: "Norovirus."

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on February 15, 2017

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SOURCES:

Edward Gaydos, DO, pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic.

CDC: "Norovirus: Clinical Overview."

CDC website.

San Francisco Department of Public Health: "Norovirus."

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on February 15, 2017

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