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Which client is at greatest risk for dehydration? An infant with diarrhea An elderly person who lives alone This is one of my study questions and I had picked the infant but my friend said no... Read More

  1. by   VRN-RN
    Quote from BoonersMom
    Which client is at greatest risk for dehydration?

    An infant with diarrhea
    An elderly person who lives alone

    This is one of my study questions and I had picked the infant but my friend said no it's the elderly person. Due to more risk factors. Is she right? She's convincing me now...
    i think that you are correct because when you have diarrhea, you loose electrolites (spelling), if i am correct. when you lose those electrolites your body needs for them to be replaced, keeping you hydrated. now when your an infant you can't just go the frig. and open it and say "eh i think i'll have a glass of water to replace my electorlites". parents or whoever is watching the infant needs be the one to rehydrate the child. do u understand what i am trying to say? infants would have more risk factors than the elderly person just because they have not yet developed that mentality to fend for themselves.

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