Dehydration in babies occurs when there is no enough fluids to equal what’s going out. Their bodies are tiny, and they have a faster metabolism. It is important to make up for the lost fluids and electrolytes before the entire body gets affected.
Signs Of Dehydration In Babies
Babies, in particular, get dehydrated very quickly when they have diarrhea. Here are some signs that your baby is dehydrated.
– Dry mouth
– Decreased number of wet wipes (urinates only once)
– Lack of tears
– Dry and stiff skin
– Sunken eyes
The most recommended mode of treatment is an oral rehydration solution (ORS) to get a baby’s body rehydrated. You can administer the solution even if your baby is vomiting. Your aim should be to prevent the output from exceeding the intake quantity. A baby is considered hydrated if there are at least 6 wet diapers in a day.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), babies and children weighing less than 10 kg (22 pounds) should drink 60 to 120 ml (2-4 ounces) of ORS for each episode of vomiting or diarrhea. And those weighing more than 10 kg should drink 120 to 240 ml (4-8 ounces) of ORS after each episode.”
You can start BRAT diet too; Bananas, Rice, Apple, And Toast. This diet is highly recommended when your children have an upset stomach.
If your baby had an episode of diarrhea, avoid milk products for the next 48 hours. Milk products are difficult to digest. However, this doesn’t imply to breastfeeding moms. Make sure your kids do not drink soda, sports drinks, or energy drinks when they are dehydrated. These drinks do not contain the right amount of glucose, sodium, potassium, and chloride to balance the electrolytes in their body.
If there are signs of severe dehydration, seek medical help immediately. Doctors will test the blood to know the electrolyte levels. If they are too low, they prescribe intravenous fluids to make up for the lost electrolytes. In some cases, a small tube is placed into the child’s stomach and fluids are administered through this pipe. This is called tube feeding and is recommended only if the child is severely dehydrated and is not in a state to consume fluids.
Diarrhea is a major cause of dehydration. Encourage your kids to wash their hands more often.