The Physiology of Dehydration – A Parent’s Guide (Pedcast)

As humans, water is crucial to our existence.  Severe water loss from vomiting and diarrhea are the leading causes of death in children worldwide.  In today’s Pedcast, Doc Smo explains the physiology of dehydration and gives parents steps to take to prevent such a viral stomach illness from turning into a life threatening situation for their children.

This chart explains the development of the stomach flu into acidosis :













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