Dehydration in Babies

When there is not enough fluid in a baby’s body, they experience dehydration. Babies are more prone to dehydration that adults. Dehydration can be caused due to excessive loss of fluid through vomiting, diarrhea, fever and sweating.  It is very important to keep track of the baby’s fluid intake in order to keep dehydration at bay.

Symptoms of Dehydration

When a baby is dehydrated, obvious signs of the condition can be seen, which includes:

  • Dry, parched mouth
  • Fewer tears when crying
  • Decreased activity level
  • Less than 6 wet diapers in a day

When dehydration in the baby is severe, these additional symptoms can be noticed:

  • Sunken soft spot on the head
  • Lethargy
  • Discolored hands and feet that are cool to touch
  • Sunken eyes
  • Wrinkled skin

Treatment

Dehydration is a medical emergency. If any symptoms of dehydration are seen, consult a doctor immediately. After an examination, the doctor will suggest an appropriate treatment. In the case of mild dehydration, increasing fluid intake in the baby will help. If the dehydration is severe, IV would be administered till the baby is completely rehydrated.

Prevention

  • Ensure that the baby has enough fluid intake
  • In case of fever, keep giving the baby fluids, to keep them hydrated
  • During the summer, dress the baby in minimal comfortable clothing to reduce overheating and sweating
  • Encourage the baby to breastfeed if they have diarrhea and vomiting. This will ensure that they don’t get dehydrated

In case of any queries, consult a doctor.