Infant dehydration occurs when there is a loss of water in the body, it usually takes place when a baby does not consume enough fluids or when too much liquid is lost, due to diarrhea or vomiting.
Babies are more prone to dehydration because their kidneys are still immature.
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
Low urine output. The baby has not urinated for several hours.
The baby does not seem to have any tears while crying.
The baby’s eyes seem sunken into the eye sockets.
The infant dehydration symptoms may include the lips, and inside of the mouth seeming dry.
Unusual weakness and fatigue.
The baby seems to have a high fever.
Signs of dehydration in children may include a pulse that seems faster than usual.
The baby’s skin seems sweatier than usual.
The baby seems to have become pale in color.
The baby has a sunken fontanel. (the soft diamond shaped area on top of a baby’s
head between the skull bones) This is a definite symptom of dehydration
The baby has “tenting skin" if the skin is pinched, it
does not return to its flat state, this is also one of the immediate signs of
The fingernail bed can be pressed on firmly until
it turns white. When you let go, the nail should return to its normal
color within 1 second. If the nail takes longer to go back to normal, the baby is dehydrated.
in children should not be taken lightly. The long-term dehydration
effects are; kidney failure, seizures, and swelling of the brain. If the baby is not given the proper attention, death
from dehydration is also a possibility.