What you need to know about infant dehydration

Your baby is even more sensitive to dehydration than you are, that is why you always need to make sure that you are providing your baby with all the necessary nutrients to keep it hydrated throughout the day.

Especially now during the hot summer days, temperatures can reach insane heights, that is why there are a few things you need to keep in mind to make sure your baby stays hydrated.


1.Symptoms /Severe dehydration

  • Very fussy/sleepy
  • Dry skin
  • No urination / 1 or 2 wet diapers

2.Symptoms/Mild to moderate dehydration

  • Less than 5 wet diapers
  • No tears when baby is crying or fussy
  • Inactive - less movement

Causes of dehydration can be:

-Hot weather

-Diarrhea

-Fever

During hot weather it is extremely important to keep your baby in a cool temperature as this is the number one reason for dehydration. This also applies to the winter months when you are heating your house or living space.


Diarrhea causes your baby to lose even more fluid from whatever the cause may have been. If your baby has been experiencing diarrhea, consult your doctor or pediatrician to find out the cause and treatment.

Please make sure you are still feeding your baby even if the appetite is not as big. Use small bottles but make sure you are feeding!


Even if your baby has a fever, you still need to continue feedings even if the baby is not as hungry. Try again 2 hours later and little by little allow your your baby to take in fluid.