Home > Patients & Visitors > Health Library > Dehydration: Drinking Enough Fluids (Babies and Young Children)
When your child is not feeling
well, he or she may not want anything to drink. This may happen if your child
has a fever or diarrhea or is vomiting. It is important that your child drink
enough fluids to avoid dehydration.
Not drinking enough fluid can
cause constipation. When the weather gets hot or when your child is getting
more exercise, he or she needs more to drink.
Use the following
table to determine how many
8 fl oz (240 mL) bottles or
cups of fluid your healthy baby or child needs each day.
4.0 to 4.5
950 to 1,000
4.5 to 5.5
1,000 to 1,250
5.0 to 5.5
1,200 to 1,350
5.5 to 6.5
1,350 to 1,500
6.5 to 7.5
1,500 to 1,800
Keep track of how much your child drinks and urinates when
he or she is ill. Remember that children may need to drink more
when they have a fever or diarrhea or are vomiting.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofMay 27, 2016
Current as of:
May 27, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.