IV is actually short for intravenous (say: in-truh-vee-nus). Did you know you can get nourishment, fluids, and medicine through your veins? In some cases, it can be the best way to deliver the fluid or medicine that a person needs. IVs might be used if a person is having surgery, is very sick, or can't eat and drink normally. Whatever the reason, an IV can help the person get better again.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2020 KidsHealth ® All rights reserved. Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com