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How can I tell if my child is drinking enough after a dental procedure?

After a dental procedure, your child may have low body fluids. Some signs of not having enough to drink include dark yellow urine, a dry mouth (no spit), chapped lips, and the soft spot on your baby's head sinking inwards. If you notice any of these, give your child more to drink. She should urinate (pee) normally within 24 hours after the procedure. A baby should have six to eight wet diapers in a 24-hour period. An older child should urinate every 6 to 8 hours. It is very important to have your child drink a small amount of fluid every 15 to 30 minutes while he is awake to prevent dehydration.

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