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Is dehydration in children serious?

If dehydration progresses to a severe form, serious complications can occur. This includes hypovolemic shock, which is characterized 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).

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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