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When to Seek Medical Care
Indications for seeking medical guidance center around maintaining adequate hydration. Extreme lethargy, lack of tears, diminishment of saliva, and significant reduction of urinary output are all indicators of dehydration and suggest that the patient's vomiting and/or diarrhea may be more severe than can be safely managed on an outpatient basis. In infants, documentation of acute weight loss of greater than 5% is also an indicator for the need of professional intervention.
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