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Baby Dehydration

Baby dehydration does happen due to the inability to retain fluid. An infant is loosing a small amount of fluids it can be more serious that the average adult. 

It’s crucial to pay attention to your infant, so it does not lead to anything severe.

What Causes Dehydration In Babies?

Inability to feed properly in newborns

Many case studies have proven that first-time mothers their infants are prone to dehydration. New moms are inexperience at breastfeeding causing inadequate feeding leading to dehydration.


Another common factor for dehydration is diarrhea.  When a newborn or infant does experience diarrhea resulting from food, then it’s important to pay attention. 


Another common way that a baby becomes dehydrated is due to vomiting.  The different factors for vomiting include stomach bug, Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease, lactose intolerance, and food allergies. 

How To Tell If The Baby Is Dehydrated?

It’s not an easy task to tell if your baby is dehydrated. 

What Are The Early Signs of Dehydration In Infants?

  • Cracked lips
  • Dry lips
  • Baby is lethargic
  • Lesser number of wet diapers

Sign of Severe Dehydration In Babies

  • Baby cries, but there are no tears
  • Dry lips
  • Dry tongue
  • Dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes
  • Sunken fontanel
  • Dry mucous membranes
  • Urine that appears darker yellow
  • Decreased skin turgor
  • No wet diaper in a period of over 6 hours

How To Prevent Baby Dehydration?

  • Hand washing your hands frequently
  • Making sure the baby receives all immunizations
  • Stay up to date with your baby visits

What To Do When Your Baby Is Dehydrated?

Managing dehydration in breastfed babies

  • The doctor will recommend continuing your regular regime of breastfeeding.  Never stop breastfeeding or change your food intake even If your baby has vomited. 

Dehydration management in babies over 6 months

  • At 6 months old, the babies now can have small amounts of water to drink. Also, to water the baby, it can be given oral rehydration to help the baby relief dehydration. 

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