Dehydration: Drinking Extra Fluids

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Dehydration: Drinking Extra Fluids

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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
Kilograms Pounds Millilitres Ounces
15.0 30.0 60.0 2.0
30.0 60.0 120.0 4.0
40.0 90.0 180.0 6.0
55.0 120.0 240.0 8.0
70.0 150.0 300.0 10.0

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 June 13, 2011

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