How is the severity of dehydration measured in children?

Updated: Nov 12, 2018
  • Author: Alex Koyfman, MD; Chief Editor: Muhammad Waseem, MBBS, MS, FAAP, FACEP, FAHA  more...
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The severity of dehydration is typically measured as the acute weight loss (presumably fluid) as a percentage of preillness weight. However, the pre-illness weight is often not available in the ED setting and clinicians have to rely on the patient’s history and physical examination findings to assess the severity of dehydration.


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