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Your Child is Vomiting and Has Diarrhea: Yuck

January 14, 20159 min
Vomiting and diarrhea can make your child dehydrated. It may seem yucky to think about, but re-hydration is essential.For vomiting children, the main risk is water loss, or dehydration, especially if fever causes them to sweat more or they are also losing fluid through diarrhea.Young children are especially susceptible to dehydration because they are less efficient at conserving water than older children and adults. In addition, small body size means that it takes less fluid loss to lead to dehydration.If your child is too sick to drink or listless, or shows signs of progressive dehydration such as dry mouth, fewer tears, or urinates less frequently, seek urgent medical attention. Contact your pediatrician immediately.Listen in as Dr. Corinn Cross discusses ways to treat dehydration and help get your child back on track.

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