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How do healthcare providers diagnose dehydration in children?

To diagnose dehydration in children, your child's healthcare provider will watch how your child acts. He will check your child's breathing and heartbeat. He will look at your child's eyes, skin, mouth and tongue. Your child's healthcare provider will ask you how much your child has been drinking or urinating. Tell him if your child is vomiting or if he has diarrhea. Urine and blood samples may be taken and sent to the lab for tests. Ask healthcare providers for more information about these and other tests your child needs.

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