A fluid imbalance refers to an abnormal level of fluids in the body.
Your body is constantly losing fluids through breathing, sweating, and urinating. If you do not take in enough fluids, you may become dehydrated.
Your body may also have a hard time getting rid of fluids, allowing excess fluid to build up. This is called fluid overload.
Many illnesses can cause fluid imbalance:
A fluid imbalance is often associated with imbalances of sodium, potassium (see: hyponatremia, hypokalemia, and hyperkalemia) and other chemicals that help regulate body fluids.
Refer to the treatment section of the specific condition that is causing the fluid imbalance.
Call your health care provider if you or your child have signs of dehydration or swelling, in order to prevent more serious complications.