Dehydrated Baby Is your baby dehydrated?
Babies are extremely resilient, but at the same time, they
are so small, that physiological changes can occur very quickly.
Babies have a high metabolic rate, coupled with a relatively
small amount of bodily fluids. For these reasons, dehydration in
infants, is much more common than in adults. Infant dehydration can be
quite dangerous if left unchecked, so be on the lookout for the warning
signs of baby dehydration.
Signs of Dehydration in Babies
Some symptoms of dehydration in babies are relatively easy to
pick up, but by then, it may be quite serious. Often, dehydration in a baby
accompanies a viral or bacterial infection, which increases temperature
and thereby fluid loss.
Dehydration in a baby may be accompanied by the following:
- Sunken eyes.
- Sunken fontanel.
- Decrease in the number of wet nappies.
- Unusual sleepiness.
- Dry mouth.
- Dark urine.
- Dry lips and skin.
- Rapid breathing.
Causes of Dehydration
Babies dehydration causes include Diarrhea , Constipation , Vomiting, Lack of fluids, Excessive heat, Fever, Refusal to drink, sore throat, ear infection and such.
Babies and Dehydration ~ When to Seek Help
If your child refuses to feed, seems lethargic and has not had a
wet nappy for a number of hours, call the doctor. If she cries without
tears and her skin feels cold and damp, it is a good idea to seek
medical attention. A skin pinch can also tell you that your baby is
dehydrated. If the skin does not spring back to normal immediately after
a gentle pinch, this is a sign of a dehydrated baby.
Dehydration in a baby can be prevented by always ensuring an
adequate fluid intake. If your baby is breast fed, it is unlikely that
she will become dehydrated, unless she has a fever or illness.
By Gizelle Bichard
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