Hydration, hydration

Don't give large amounts of soda or other caffeinated beverages since caffeine can make you want to urinate more, just when you need to be holding on to fluids.

If your infant is able to breastfeed and is only experiencing losses due to diarrhea, continue to breastfeed since that can keep your baby well hydrated.

Eating popsicles is another great way to get fluids into your child to hydrate them if they don't want to drink but check with your child's doctor to see if more fluids than what is contained in a popsicle is needed to help your child overcome dehydration

When do we worry? If your child is not holding fluids down, has no urine for eight to 12 hours, and feels dizzy when they stand up, then seek medical attention. Your doctor will want to examine your child for why the dehydration is occurring, and rarely may recommend rehydrating your child with an intravenous saltwater solution.

Hopefully tips like this will dry up all your concerns when it comes to knowing more about whether or not your child may be getting dehydrated.

Lewis First, M.D., is chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. You can also catch "First with Kids" weekly on WOKO 98.9FM and WPTZ Channel 5, or visit the First with Kids video archives at http://www.FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids

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