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Discuss factors that impact dehydration risk for this patient.

Discuss factors that impact dehydration risk for this patient.

A mother brings her 8-month-old infant, Mary, to the primary care clinic. The mother reports that Mary has had a cold for about 2 days, and this morning she began to vomit and has had diarrhea for the past 8 hours. The mother states that Mary is still breastfeeding, but that she is not taking as much fluid as usual, and she is having three times as many stools as usual (the stools are watery in consistency). When the nurse examines Mary, she notes that her temperature is 100.4° F, her pulse and blood pressure are in the normal range, her mucous membranes are moist, and she has tears when she cries. The nurse also notes that Mary’s weight has not changed from what it was when she was seen in the clinic 2 weeks ago for her well-child visit.

Discuss factors that impact dehydration risk for this patient.

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