is your child ill?

  • Diarrhea and Vomiting

    • Signs of dehydration: include no tears, lethargy (unable to wake child with stimulation) and decreased urine output. The amount your child is urinating may be decreased but it is most important that they have some urine output on a regular basis. How frequently your child urinates is determined by their age. Infants should urinate at least 4 times per day (once every 6 hours). Toddlers and young children should urinate at least 3 times per day (every 8 hours). Older school aged and adolescents should urinate at least 2 times per day (every 12 hours).
    • Hydration: If your child has vomiting or diarrhea, the most important thing is to keep them drinking plenty of fluids. Your child may not want to eat, which is ok. The most important thing is that they are drinking. Pedialyte (preferably not red in color) is a good choice, however water is a great alternative. Small frequent sips and using a straw can often help maintain hydration. If your child is unable to keep down any fluids, they need to be evaluated by a doctor.
    • When to see the doctor: Your child is not urinating or making tears. Your child cannot keep down any fluids. You child is lethargic (unable to wake child with stimulation). Blood in your child’s stools or vomit. Bright green color of the child’s vomit.