Recovery & Support for Fluid & Electrolyte Disorders in Children

In most instances, infants and children who are treated for a fluid or electrolyte disorder recover quickly. However, for those with a serious underlying medical condition, such as kidney disease, heart disease, or cancer, experts at NYU Langone offer monitoring and support to prevent these imbalances from recurring.

For families with a child who is treated in the hospital, additional resources may be found at NYU Langone’s Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care.

Nutritional Support

NYU Langone registered dietitians offer advice about how much fluid your child needs and ways he or she can obtain important minerals through his or her diet. If your child’s electrolyte imbalance is caused by a chronic kidney condition, our nutritionists may recommend limiting foods that contain phosphorous, potassium, or sodium, which can build up in the kidneys and blood.

Preventing Infection

Our doctors recommend frequent hand washing to prevent viral and bacterial infections that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, which can lead to an electrolyte imbalance. They also advise ensuring that your child’s vaccination schedule is up to date to reduce the risk of infection.

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