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Introduction to Dehydration and Fluid Therapy in Children

By Michael F. Cellucci, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics;Attending Physician, Diagnostic Referral Division/Solid Organ Transplantation, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University;Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

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Unlike in adults, fluid management in children is based on weight and on specific guidelines, because children are more sensitive to fluid depletion (and excess). All guidelines are approximations; individualized adjustments based on close monitoring are essential.