|Drinking Fluids - Decreased|
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|When to Call Your Doctor|
|Call 911 Now (your child may need an ambulance) If|
|Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If|
|Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If|
|Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours If|
|Parent Care at Home If|
|HOME CARE ADVICE FOR DECREASED FLUID INTAKE|
- Increase Fluid Intake: Give your child unlimited amounts of her favorite liquid (e.g., chocolate milk, fruit drinks, Kool-Aid, soft drinks, water). The type doesn't matter, since your child doesn't have diarrhea or vomiting.
- Solid Foods: Don't worry about solid food intake. It's normal for the appetite to fall off during illness. Preventing dehydration is the only important issue.
- For Sore Mouth: Â
- If the mouth is sore, give cold drinks.
- Avoid citrus juices.
- For infants, offer fluids in a cup, spoon or syringe rather than a bottle (Reason: The nipple may increase pain). Â
- Older child can use 1 teaspoon of a liquid antacid as a mouthwash 4 times per day after meals. Â
- Give acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen for pain relief.
- For a Blocked Nose: Suction it out using warm water or saline nosedrops in infants and toddlers. Make saline nosedrops by adding ½ teaspoon of table salt to 1 cup (8 oz.) of warm water.
- For Shortness of Breath: For mild bronchiolitis or difficult breathing, offer small frequent (every Â½ hour) feedings so the infant can rest briefly between them.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Difficulty swallowing becomes worse
- Signs of dehydration
- Poor drinking present over 3 days
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 1/19/2009
Last Revised: 8/5/2007
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Online
Copyright 1994-2009 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.