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How To Recover Child from Dehydration - Know Risks, Warning Signs & Causes

Faraz Mohammad Khan
1 to 3 years

Created by Faraz Mohammad Khan
Updated on Oct 21, 2018

How To Recover Child from Dehydration Know Risks Warning Signs Causes

What Is Dehydration

Every day, we lose body fluids (water and other liquids) in our urine, stool, sweat and tears. We replace the lost fluids by eating and drinking. Normally, the body balances these processes carefully, so we replace as much water as we lose. Dehydration is the condition where the body loses more water than it receives. It creates a scarcity of water for essential body functions eventually disrupting normal metabolic processes.

Toddlers are the most susceptible group to dehydrate as their smaller bodies hold lesser fluid reserves.

Is Your Toddler At Risk Of Dehydration

Some toddlers become dehydrated because they don’t drink enough water. Certain factors can also put your toddler at a higher risk of dehydration. These include:

  1. fever
  2. vomiting
  3. diarrhea
  4. excessive sweating
  5. poor fluid intake during an illness
  6. chronic illnesses like diabetes or a bowel disorder
  7. exposure to hot and humid weather

Warning Signs Of Dehydration In Toddlers

Dehydration can happen very slowly over time, or it can happen suddenly. Toddlers with an illness, especially stomach flu, should be monitored closely for signs of dehydration. The warning signs aren’t always obvious.

Your toddler may show the below signs of dehydration

  1. dry, cracked lips and a dry mouth
  2. a decrease in urine output, no urine for eight to 12 hours, or dark-coloured urine
  3. drowsiness or irritability
  4. cold or dry skin
  5. low energy levels, seeming very weak or limp
  6. no tears when crying
  7. sunken eyes or sunken soft spot on baby's head

Causes Of Dehydration In Toddlers

The most common causes of dehydration are:

  1. poor fluid intake during an illness
  2. fluid losses from diarrhea and/or vomiting

How to Recover from Dehydration

The way to effectively treat dehydration is to replenish the lost fluids in your toddler's body. Take the following steps in case your toddler seems dehydrated or is vomitting or suffering from diarrhea

  1. Give your toddler an oral rehydration solution . These solutions contain water and salts in precise proportions and are easy to digest. They are the best drinks to remedy dehydration. Plain water won’t usually be enough
  2. Keep giving your toddler liquids slowly until their urine is clear. If your toddler is vomiting, give them only a small amount at a time until they’re able to keep it down. Gradually increase the frequency and amount. Giving too much too fast will often cause vomiting to return
  3. If you are still breast-feeding, continue to do so. You can also give your baby a rehydration solution in their bottle

Dehydration is an easily remedial illness but should not be taken lightly. Staying vigilant helps detect dehydration early. Rehydration and some care will bring back the preschooler to normal.

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| Oct 22, 2018

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| Oct 22, 2018

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| Oct 21, 2018

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| Jun 11, 2018

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