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How do you get liquids into a 2 year old who's dehydrated with a fever?

We had him to EmergiCare at 6:00 this eve. He had a 105* temp, which has since dropped considerably. But, he's dehydrated & will hardly take a little sip of anything!! The Dr. said we MUST give him fluids and I even tried with a med. dropper. What should I try??? Thanks!


Asked by luvin2boys at 9:41 PM on Apr. 9, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • Gatorade or pedialyte, but Gatorade tastes a lot better. . . of course anything he will drink if he doesn't like Gatorade, I would put it in a sippy cup or use one of the sports bottles, and just try to get him to take a couple of sips at least every 30 min. If he is really bad off I would call my pediatrician and see if he needs admitted, or at least put on an IV for a couple of hours as an outpatient. . . if not just for the IV to rehydrate. I know 2 year olds are notoriously stubborn which is why I would suggest the pediatric route if nothing else takes.

    Answer by Panditacjp at 10:18 AM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • Will he eat freeze pops :-D who doesnt love freezies ... or popsicles, treat him like he is being rewarded for something , and in your case he will be because he isnt accepting anything else

    Answer by LuvsDanika at 9:42 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Give him whatever he will drink even pop. Popsicles, gatorade. Im surprised they didnt admit him if he is that dehydrated.......good luck momma.


    Answer by mistynights234 at 9:43 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Popsicles!

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 9:44 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Popsicles

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:46 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Thanks ladies... they gave him a Popsicle there which he sucked a little. We bought more on the way home and he didn't want one this eve.


    Answer by luvin2boys at 9:46 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Ginger Ale helps too.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:47 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • NO if he is already dehydrated and isnt drinking I would call his doctor/whoever is on call and ask. My daughter was 5 and was dehydrated and her doctor had me take her to ER for an IV.

    Answer by mistynights234 at 10:27 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • freeze pops, pedialyte...if he still doesn't, take him to the er, they may have to admit him!

    Answer by babycakes254 at 10:28 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Make a game of it, offer rewards even for the tiniest amounts, special cup or silly straw, offer fun things that are liquids that he doesn't usually get... popsicles, jello, ice cream, soda... whatever you can to get the fluids in.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 10:33 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

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