During the hot days of summer it is important for caregivers ensure that infants and toddlers are well hydrated. Here are some reasons a child may become dehydrated:
- The child is already ill with Diarrhea, vomiting or fever.
- The infant or toddler is refusing to drink due to teething, sore throat or cold
- Overheated-this maybe due to the weather or due too much clothing.
Signs of dehydration:
- sunken forehead
- sunken eyes
- tearless crying
- dark urine
- a change in breathing
How can I treat it?
- Inform the parent right away.
- Liquids! Liquids and more liquids! Try not to give fruit juices or soda drinks due to the diarrhea they may cause.
- If it is warm outside keep the baby in a cool place in the home.
- Offer the child an oral rehydration solution. These come in a liquid or as popsicles.
- If the child is not responding please contact the doctor and parent right away