- You are unable to get fluids into the child and diarrhea lasts longer than 24 hours
- You are able to get fluids into the child but diarrhea lasts more than 7-10 days
- Your child shows any of the following signs:
- No urine output in 8-12 hours
- No tears when crying
- Unusually drowsy or fussy
- Inside of the mouth or lips are dry
- Eyes appear sunken
- Child is extremely thirsty
- Blood is present in the diarrhea or vomit
- Bile (green fluid) is present in the vomit
- Baby's soft spot is sunken
Your doctor may ask to see your child or have your child seen in the emergency department. Your child will be examined and watched for signs of dehydration. The nurse or assistant will measure how much fluid goes in and comes out of your child. Your child will be weighed.
You may be asked to help care for your child by giving him or her Pedialyte. This replaces the fluid lost from diarrhea and vomiting and allows you to be active in your child's care. This may keep your child from needing an IV.
If the diarrhea and vomiting continue and your child refuses fluids by mouth, he or she may need an IV. An IV will let special fluids go into your child through a vein.