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How much fluid does my kid need if they have a cold or flu?

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How much fluid your sick child needs depends on his weight and age. Some experts say kids older than 1 need as many as 4 -5 cups of fluid a day -- from both drinks and foods. If your child is older or weighs more, he'll need more fluid.

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Lisa M. Asta, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Pediatrics; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, University of California San Francisco.

American Academy of Pediatrics.

HealthyChildren.org: "Dehydration."

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago's Children: "Water Intake for Children Fact Sheet."

Lee, C.   , June 2004. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Lisa M. Asta, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Pediatrics; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, University of California San Francisco.

American Academy of Pediatrics.

HealthyChildren.org: "Dehydration."

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago's Children: "Water Intake for Children Fact Sheet."

Lee, C.   , June 2004. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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