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help please urgent

I need to know the signs of dehydration, which ones need immediate medical attention and which ones can wait till tomorrow. my friends son has been puking for a few days, hasnt had a wet diaper in 4 hours and is miserable! he went to the doc the other day she said give it 24 hours and hell be fine and hes not, no improvement and she doesnt know whether to call now, go to er or wait till morning!!!!

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:19 PM on Mar. 2, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

Answers (10)
  • How old?

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:20 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • 17 mos

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:21 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Push fluids, and if she is still woried take him to the ER, being overly cautious is NEVER a bad thing when it comes to your children.

    Answer by happyathomemum at 7:21 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • No tears when crying, no wet diapers in over 18 hours. If he's 17 months, then he's no longer an infant and is learning somewhat how to hold his urine back. 4 hours simply isn't long enough for concern at his age.

    Answer by cat0325 at 7:23 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Me personally .. I would take him the ER now, just to be safe than sorry.

    Symptoms of Dehydration

    The usual symptoms of dehydration in infants are:

    • A dry nappy for six hours at a stretch

    • Change of less than six nappies in a 24-hour period

    • Absence of tears while crying

    • Dry and parched lips

    • Dry, sticky mouth

    • Low energy levels

    • Passage of dark yellow urine, persistently

    • Sunken fontanelle (soft spot

    Answer by sstepph at 7:23 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • 17 months and no wet diaper for 4 hours isn't a large concern but it should be watched.
    No tears when crying, dry inside of the mouth - those are larger concerns.

    If she does take him in, try to go to an urgent care if the doctor's office is closed. If the ER's triage nurse doesn't think he's that sick, she may be sitting in the ER waiting room for hours before they are seen.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:24 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • oh and he has horrible horrible very thin diarrehea (SP) so she thinks he hasnt peed but cant really tell. she said everytime he passes gas he poops, he cant hold anything in

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:26 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Is baby taking in any fluids or is he refusing all fluids?

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:34 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • aww, I hate it when babies are sick :[
    I would go ahead and take him to the doc asap,
    just to make sure he's not dehydrated, and they will be able to help him sooner if she goes now,
    good luck, and god bless him!

    Answer by Jessica1991 at 7:34 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • My nephew just went through something similar and we took him to his Dr, convenient care and the emergency room all withen four days because he had all the same symptoms as your friends son and also a really high temp., however they told us that if we couldnt force the fluids on him they would have to give him an iv so i would defenietly be concerned and encourage your friend to have her child checked out asap.

    Answer by sparks8299 at 7:24 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

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