Dehydrated 9 Year Old Son...

Updated on October 06, 2009
A.G. asks from Antioch, IL
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My son was not feeling well yesterday, headache, eyes hurt, just feeling weak all over and felt like he was going to vomit but never did. He took a shower and went to bed. Woke up this morning feeling the same way so I made him a doc appt. My husband took him in this afternoon and was told that he was simply dehydrated the same as he was in June when we brought him in for roughly the same symptoms. He had a large glass of water with his dinner last night and a decent glass of milk with breakfast this morning so I am really not understanding how this can be.... any thoughts...
I am confused and not very happy with their oh so simple answer.

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So What Happened?

Thanks to everyone who responded! He started feeling better yesterday after some rest and lots of fluids but then got a fever. He woke up feeling great this morning and went to school but I got a call at 10 to come pick him up because he had a fever and was pale with a headache even though he had been through 3 1/2 water bottles. He eats fruits and vegetables daily and drinks plenty so I am not worried about his intake I am however worried about what is happening to him.

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answers from Chicago on

Pedialyte will make him feel better right away. Any nurse will tell you this. My husband and I had the stomach flu a few years ago and my mom gave us pedialite and we felt better almost instantly.nothing else worked. If you get the big container it is only good for 1 day I think. If you buy the singles( like a six pack ) you can use one as needed. We like the grape and make sure it's cold. Hope he feels better soon :)

Oh, stay away from milk products if it is a stomach virus issue. It will make him feel worse.



answers from Chicago on

My son has a very high metabolism and is very active. He gets dehydrated easily and it leads to bad, really bad migraines. It also has to do with the barametric pressure. To learn what caused it I kept a journal for a few weeks with his food, drink, weather, activities etc. It was really eye opening to have all that information in front of me. He doesn't like soda, pedialite or things like that so he drinks water. During the times of the year that the barametric pressure changes we actually have him tally how much he drinks. We remind him daily that the majority of his body is water and that it needs to be replenished. As he is getting older it helps some. Keep on your son to drink enough, dehydration causes lots of unpleasant symptoms.



answers from Chicago on

My doctor reminds me every summer to make sure the kids drink plenty water. By the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. A friend volunteers with rebuilding homes in New Orleans with the youth group from church. As a mentor they have many meetings beforehand where they are reminded about keeping hydrated and what signs to look for. If he is only drinking a glass of water, then he really isn't getting what he needs for normal activity, let alone activity for a 9 yr old. I keep telling my son he needs to drink more water. He will tell me that he just had a glass. You have to look at what he has had all day long, every day, since it can add (or subtract) over time.
BTW, when I am not drinking enough water, I get very light headed, terrible headaches and feel like I cannot breathe right. And thinking about your son's symptoms, I think I am going to really get on my son about this. He gets special medication that for the past several months makes him feel this way but the docs are puzzled as to why since he didn't have the problem before.



answers from Chicago on

Our 9 year old daughter will get stomach cramps and feel dizzy when she's not had enough to drink. She is pretty active. The key we have found is a steady flow of fluids during the day not just a couple big glasses with meals. It seems the body absorbs better when we make sure she drinks throughout the day. We also give her plenty of fruits with high water content like melon, watermelon, grapes. Taking time to drink a couple glasses of water is boring for kids--it interrupts their playtime. So it's easy to see how they can become dehydrated easily. If he is talking at lunch and doesn't drink his milk, then goes to recess, skips the water fountain because he's busy doing soemthing else, maybe runs outside after school but didn't take the time to drink his all adds up to a kid who isn't hydrated. Kids burn off a lot of fluid---and if you think a normal adult needs like 6-8 glasses of water and we seldom get enough--probably very few kids do either. Up the fruits and veggies and always have drinks around to drink and he should be fine.



answers from Chicago on

Hi A.,

Water just wont due when someone is dehydrated. try gaterade it replenished the electrolytes that need to be restored in the body.

Hope this helps.

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