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    Dehydration: Drinking Extra Fluids (Older Children and Adults)

    Dehydration: Drinking Extra Fluids (Older Children and Adults)

    Topic Overview

    Increase your fluid intake to replace lost fluids when you have a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating.

    The following suggested amounts of fluids to drink every hour are based on body weight:

    Fluid amounts to drink
    Your weight Fluid
    Pounds Kilograms Ounces Milliliters
    30.0 15.0 2.0 60
    60.0 30.0 4.0 120
    90.0 40.0 6.0 180
    120.0 55.0 8.0 240
    150.0 70.0 10.0 300

    If you have kidney or heart problems that limit your fluid intake, do not increase your usual amount of fluids unless your doctor specifically tells you to do so.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
    Last Revised April 15, 2013

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