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How can I prevent dehydration due to 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. If severe dehydration develops, contact your doctor. Severe dehydration is sometimes treated with intravenous (IV) fluids.

From: Norovirus: Symptoms and Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

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Edward Gaydos, DO, pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic.

CDC: "Norovirus: Clinical Overview."

CDC website.

San Francisco Department of Public Health: "Norovirus."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 28, 2019

SOURCES:

Edward Gaydos, DO, pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic.

CDC: "Norovirus: Clinical Overview."

CDC website.

San Francisco Department of Public Health: "Norovirus."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 28, 2019

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