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What are the risks of dehydration in children?

The risks of dehydration in children are as follows:

During treatment, your child's eyelids, hands and feet may swell from the liquids he is getting. If your child gets IV treatment, fluid may leak out of the vein and cause swelling. His vein may become inflamed (red and swollen). If an NG tube is placed in his nose, he may have pain or a nosebleed. Some liquid may get into his lungs and lead to a lung infection. If your child's treatment includes drinking an oral rehydration solution (ORS), his bowels may stop working for a while. This can make his stomach swell.

 

If your child is not treated for dehydration, his symptoms may get worse. Your child may have less energy or become confused or sleepy. He may become unconscious (will not wake up) or have seizures. Your child's organs, such as his kidneys, heart or brain, may stop working and he may die. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns.

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