Infant and Toddler Hydration
Health & Safety

Infant and Toddler Hydration

by Martha Scully


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
  • drowsiness
  • 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

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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.