Dehydration Severity, Older Child

Severe dehydration means: The child’s mouth and eyes may be extremely dry. The child may pass little or no urine for 12 or more hours. The child may not seem alert or able to think clearly. The child may be too weak or dizzy to stand. The child may pass out. Moderate dehydration means: The child may be a lot more…

Dehydration Severity, Older Child

Dehydration Severity, Older Child

Severe dehydration means:

  • The child's mouth and eyes may be extremely dry.
  • The child may pass little or no urine for 12 or more hours.
  • The child may not seem alert or able to think clearly.
  • The child may be too weak or dizzy to stand.
  • The child may pass out.

Moderate dehydration means:

  • The child may be a lot more thirsty than usual.
  • The child's mouth and eyes may be drier than usual.
  • The child may pass little or no urine for 8 or more hours.
  • The child may feel dizzy when he or she stands or sits up.

Mild dehydration means:

  • The child may be more thirsty than usual.
  • The child may pass less urine than usual.

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Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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