Babies are especially weak to high temperatures. Because of its physiology, the body’s water content is greater than that of an adult (about 80%), and its balance is much weaker. Increasing the risk of dehydration understand by excessive loss of body fluid.
Heat is one of the leading causes of dehydration. It can also occur when the baby has had diarrhea or continued vomiting. We tell you how to recognize the symptoms of dehydration in the baby.
We must take it to the doctor to evaluate it and seek help if the mother is breastfeeding. It is most likely that they will be given to dehydration and the frequency of intake should be increased.
If the baby wets fewer diapers than those that usually wet in a day, it is also a sign of possible dehydration. Little urine and urine is usually darker in color and smells more intense than usual. You can spend several hours without peeing.
When the baby gets a little wet, the diaper may be because he has taken less breast than he would have (it may be because he is sick, upset, because he has not often been offered), because he has sweated more than usual if it is hot or because you have a fever.
Then make sure you take enough food to stay hydrated, offer you more breast or bottle (especially in summer, they sweat more) and if you have started complementary food water and foods rich in water, such as fruits.
You may also notice that it makes harder and drier stools than usual. It is another symptom of dehydration.
Mouth with dry lips and tongue
You will notice your baby’s tongue dry and rough as well as lips. The eyes and skin also dry out. When the skin is pinching between the fingers, it does not return to its original shape. The skin tone turns pale; it can even turn gray.
Sleepiness and irritability
The baby may be less active than usual, sleepy and listless. He barely has the strength to move; he is lethargic.
On the other hand, you may also be irritable, cry inconsolably, show signs of hunger and no satisfaction. Another curiosity is that a dehydrated baby cries without tears.
Cases of mild dehydration are checked with babies weight, who suffers a loss of about 5% of his weight. As we mentioned before, 80% of the baby’s body is composed of water, and a loss of body fluid implies significant weight loss.
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What to do if you think your baby is under the effect of dehydration?
It is important that values the general state of your baby and if you think you have symptoms of dehydration go to the doctor. Babies can become dehydrated very quickly because of their poor physiological balance, so if the symptoms are severe, it is important that you go to the doctor quickly.
For your part, what you can do to keep your baby well hydrated is to increase breastfeeding if the baby is breastfed, especially in the summer. If you have less than six months, you do not need to take extra water, because through it receives all the water and nutrients you need to avoid dehydration.
If you take a bottle, just like the breast, you should also give it on demand. So that, you drink the water you need through the milk.
If you have started complementary feeding, you can offer water in a bottle and moisturizing foods like fruits and vegetables.