Dry tears, sunken eyes and parched lips can set off alarm bells for most parents. And for good reason. While many physical signs out of the ordinary can count towards first- or even second-time parent paranoia, some may warrant immediate and intensive medical intervention. Dehydration, for one. If you aren’t acquainted with the condition, take a moment to skim through its symptoms, causes and treatments, so you’re prepared if it ever strikes.
In a case of dehydration, your baby’s fluid reserve drops dangerously low. Dehydration may be caused by vomiting, fever, diarrhoea or sweating. It can vary in severity, from mild forms that can be controlled and corrected to more severe forms that present life-threatening symptoms. The key is in spotting symptoms early and taking a corrective course of action.
Dehydration is typically triggered by conditions that flush water and nutrients out of the body faster than they can be replenished. Because infants have much lower water reserves, they are at an increased risk of becoming dehydrated. Some factors that lead to dehydration include:
Mild dehydration is associated with an array of signs, of which one or more may manifest in your baby:
More severe forms of dehydration may present the following signs:
Spotting dehydration symptoms early can save your baby from critical danger. Here is a spotlight on managing the condition in your baby.
When it comes to dehydration, it’s always wiser to err on the side of caution and watch for early signs. Safeguard your baby by staying on high alert, especially during the summer. It’s something you’ll thank yourself for later.