Dehydration: Drinking Extra Fluids (Older Children and Adults)

Topic Overview

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

Kilograms

Pounds

Millilitres

Ounces

15.0

30.0

60

2.0

30.0

60.0

120

4.0

40.0

90.0

180

6.0

55.0

120.0

240

8.0

70.0

150.0

300

10.0

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.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD, MMEd, FRCPC - Emergency Medicine

Current as ofNovember 20, 2017

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