Dehydration can happen to kids of all ages. What are the signs of dehydration in a child, and how can parents treat and prevent it? Find out here.
Dehydration, an Overview
Dehydration happens when our body loses more fluid than it’s taking in. It often results from another condition, commonly one that involves diarrhea or vomiting.
However, it can also occur when we have insufficient fluid intake during hot weather or after lots of physical activity.
One big concern is that decreased fluid intake could also take place during an illness. And when that illness involves fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or a condition that makes it difficult for the child to swallow, the risk of dehydration increases, and its complications could be more dangerous.
Please note that babies and infants who have greater fluid requirements due to their increased metabolic rate and higher evaporative losses are more vulnerable to the ill effects of dehydration.
What are the Signs of Dehydration in a Child?
The signs of dehydration in a child could be mild to moderate or severe. Please refer to the guide below:
Signs of Mild Dehydration in Children
- Less activity; when dehydrated, kids tend to play less than usual.
- Dry lips, mouth, tongue, and throat.
- Infrequent urination or dark yellow urine. For infants, they’ll have fewer than 6 diapers in 24 hours.
- Lack of tears when crying.
- Loose, watery stool if they have a diarrheal disease. On the other hand, they may have decreased bowel movement if dehydration occurred due to vomiting or low fluid intake.
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- For babies, sunken fontanel (the soft spot at the top of their head)