Maintenance Intravenous Fluids in Children

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

December 1, 2018

Last Updated Month/Year

June 12, 2023

Document Type


External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

To provide an evidence-based approach for choosing the tonicity of maintenance IVFs in most patients from 28 days to 18 years of age who require maintenance IVFs

Target Patient Population

Children in surgical (postoperative) and medical acute-care settings

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adolescent, Child, Infant

Health Care Settings

Emergency care, Hospital, Operating and recovery room

Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Assessment and screening, Management, Treatment

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D007262 - Infusions, Intravenous, D005440 - Fluid Therapy, D020896 - Hypovolemia, D014883 - Water-Electrolyte Imbalance


pediatric, critical care, intravenous fluid

Source Citation

Pediatrics December 2018, 142 (6) e20183083; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-3083