Treating Dehydration in Kids


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Last weekend we went to Great Wolf Lodge. We had a great time, but didn’t realize that we weren’t drinking nearly enough. It’s hard to believe that you can get dehydrated when you are at a waterpark and aren’t sweating, but it happens all too easily.


When we got home, we were all tired, a little more cranky and had headaches. The next morning, our 6 year old complained of a headache and actually went to the nurse twice at school. It was very unlike her and she didn’t want to even do her classwork. It hit me that she was dehydrated (despite me suggesting to drink a lot of water).

I hadn’t thought to check her urine because I already was pretty sure dehydration was the cause of her “forehead hurting”. But, one of the most reliable indicators of dehydration is urine color. Light yellow or clear urine indicates proper hydration, while dark yellow urine likely means your child is dehydrated.

She’s like her momma, though, headache and dry mouth are the first symptoms.

Other symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth, dry skin and dry eyes (no tears)
  • Thirst
  • Tiredness, sluggishness
  • Fewer wet diapers; decreased urine output
  • Lightheadedness, headache
  • Fever
  • Confusion

After picking her up from school, I remembered that I had just received some DripDrop Hydration Powder to try.

Drip Drop for dehydration

DripDrop, created by  aMayo-Clinic-trained physician, provides a simple, cost-effective solution that empowers everyone to treat mild to moderate dehydration with a safe, medical-grade solution. The hydration powder packets fit easily in the medicine cabinet, travel kit, purse and gym bag, so it’s there when you need it. Simply mix with water and consume.

Unlike other pediatric solutions, you don’t have to worry about consuming a liter of the fluid before it goes bad, and it actually tastes pretty good, too. It is available in both lemon and berry flavors, and does not contain any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. It has 2-3 times the electrolytes of sports drinks, with fewer calorie and has been shown to hydrate 34% faster than water alone, and 20% faster than pediatric solutions and sports drinks.

So, we mixed the packet (she picked lemon) up with 16 ounces of water and got her to drinking. I had her sip it slowly at first and then continue drinking. She kept drinking until she felt much better and she was using the bathroom.

Drip Drop for dehydration

Thankfully, it was very easy to rehydrate her and we have additional packets for the next time, should it happen.

What do you do to help with dehydration?


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  1. I’ve never heard of this type of product. I will have to try it. Sometimes Kay starts getting dehydrated because she tends to never eat or drink enough without constant pushing. I always have an issue with her after gymnastics class.

    1. I hadn’t either until they sent it! Our oldest two are the same, they have to be reminded over and over to drink something.

      BTW, you can get it at Walgreens:)

  2. pat chance says:

    what a great product – especially when it can be put in the glove box or somewhere easily accessible.

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