Recognizing the symptoms of dehydration.

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What happens when bellies misbehave?

What happens when bellies misbehave?

During episodes of diarrhea and vomiting, your child's body rapidly loses vital minerals and nutrients, which can quickly lead to dehydration. Using Pedialyte at the first signs of diarrhea and vomiting can help reduce your child's risk of dehydration.

If you see any of these warning signs, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, call your doctor.

  • Decreased frequency of urination or fewer wet diapers

  • No/few tears when the child cries

  • Dry mouth or tongue

  • Overly sleepy (less than normal activity)


    This is a sign of severe dehydration.
  • Irritability (more crying, fussiness)


    This is a sign of severe dehydration.
  • Sunken eyes


    This is a sign of severe dehydration.
  • Infant belly looking in diaper
  • Girl belly with long braid, crying
  • Boy belly with glasses, tongue sticking out
  • Girl belly with pigtails, looks exhausted
  • Boy belly with dark hair, looks irritated
  • Boy belly with hat, freckles, and sunken eyes

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