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Dehydration: Drinking Extra Fluids (Older Children and Adults)

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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
Pounds Kilograms Ounces Milliliters
30.0 15.0 2.0 60
60.0 30.0 4.0 120
90.0 40.0 6.0 180
120.0 55.0 8.0 240
150.0 70.0 10.0 300

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
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised April 15, 2013

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