Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration In kids

There are a number of signs and symptoms that can show you that your child might be suffering from dehydration. When monitoring your child and you notice symptoms like they are taking less amount of juice than usual, refusal to take up their meals, less playful, urinating lesser than normal or had vomiting and diarrhea for some days. These are likely signs of dehydration. When taking care of children, below are tips to help you know how dehydrated, your child is.
When your child has the following symptoms, you need not worry much because they are significantly not dehydrated:
• When they are moist, shiny mouth due to saliva, and pools of saliva under the tongue or lips.
• If their eyes are moist or, tears drip down when they cry.
• They are urinating at least after 4 hours.
• If they are active, very playful and running around messing up the toy room.

Mild dehydration should not worry you a lot. Mostly it is brought about when a child is in the course of getting ill. Likely because their intake of fluids is relatively small than usual. You will notice the following signs of mild dehydration from your child.
• Abrupt changes like being less active but still playful and alert.
• When their lips become slightly dry.
• Urinate less frequent than usual.

In moderate dehydration, you need to get concerned. It’s the period where the illness is manifesting. The stage is not dangerous, and the child exhibits the following signs:

• The child becomes less active and playful, but still alert.
• They make eye contact and respond to you
• Their lips become dry and chapped, and the inside of mouth is a little bit dry
• The eyes appear moist, but there are no tears when they cry.
• They urinate almost half the number of times than usual.
• The urine concentration is like apple juice.

This is when you need to seek immediate medical attention. The following signs are evident in this stage:

• The child becomes lethargic by being inactive, limp, having minimal eye contact and not responding to voice or touch.
• The lips are chapped, with the inside of the mouth dry and sticky with no saliva
• Eyes are dry and sunken with no tears.
• A period of 12 – 18 hours without urinating.
• Unusual fussiness combined with the other symptoms
• Pale
• Experiencing very fast heartbeat
To help them through the night, one should offer the child suffering from mild or moderate dehydration with small frequent drinks of clear liquids such as breast milk, white grape juice, Pedialyte and frozen juice slushy makes the child get through the evening and night with minimal problems.
In case of severe dehydration, you should visit a clinic or hospital for immediate treatment. If unsure of the state of your child’s dehydration, contact your doctor.

NOTE: In case of both vomiting and diarrhea, a child is most likely to suffer severe dehydration known as “double-ender” than with one alone.

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