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What may increase the risk of dehydration in children?

Ask your child's healthcare provider for more information about the following factors that increase the risk of dehydration in children:

  • Being very young: Babies are at greater risk of dehydration than older children, especially those younger than 6 months old. This is because more of their body is made up of water, and they lose fluids more easily than older children. Babies also have to rely on others to give them liquids. Babies with low birth weights (weighing less than normal at birth) are even more at risk for dehydration.
  • Playing sports: When your child plays sports in hot weather, he may sweat more than usual. He can get dehydrated if he does not drink enough liquid to replace the fluids he has lost.
  • Being underweight or obese: Children who are malnourished (have not eaten enough to grow as they should) are at risk for dehydration. If a child has a very low body weight from not eating enough, he is at greater risk for dehydration. Children who are obese (weighing more than healthcare providers suggest) are also at higher risk.

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