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When should I call my healthcare provider about dehydration in children?

Call your child's healthcare provider if your child has any of these symptoms of dehydration in children:

  • Has vomited more than twice in the past 24 hours.
  • Has had more than five loose, watery stools in the past 24 hours.
  • Has stopped breastfeeding or drinking formula.
  • Has been sick and seems to be getting more ill.
  • Is more irritable, fussy or tired than usual.
  • Has less urine or urine that is dark yellow.
  • Has a dry mouth and lips.
  • Is not drinking the oral rehydration solution (ORS) or throws it up after drinking it.
  • Becomes constipated (unable to have a stool) or gets a swollen stomach.

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