Is dehydration in children serious?
If dehydration progresses to a severe form, serious complications can occur. This includes hypovolemic shock, which is characterised by pale, clammy skin that is cool to touch, a rapid heartbeat and shallow breathing. Blood pressure can also drop to a dangerously low level. If severe dehydration is not treated, unconsciousness and death will follow. If a child is experiencing severe dehydration, call emergency services (000 in Australia).