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What may cause dehydration in children?

Dehydration in children may be caused by the following:

  • Not drinking enough liquids. Your child needs to drink enough to replace the water he loses during the day. Children who are playing may lose body water by sweating. When the weather is hot, your child needs to drink more because he loses more fluids.
  • Losing too much body fluid.
  • Having a fever. A higher than normal body temperature may cause your child to sweat and lose more fluids through his skin.
  • Having diarrhea. Three or more watery stools a day may cause your child to become dehydrated.
  • Vomiting. Throwing up causes your child to lose body water. If your child is trying to drink liquids but continues to vomit, he may become dehydrated.
  • Urinating too much. Children with untreated diabetes (high blood sugar) may lose too much body water in their urine.

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