Chapter 5.2 Acute diarrhoea

Assessing dehydration

For all children with diarrhoea, their hydration status should be classified as severe dehydration, some dehydration, or no dehydration (Table 12) and appropriate treatment given. In a child with diarrhoea, assess the general condition, look for sunken eyes, make a skin pinch, and offer the child fluid to see if he or she is thirsty or drinking poorly.

Slow return of skin pinch in severe dehydration