In the winter with so much rain and ice around it's hard to think that anyone would be dehydrated but...
In the winter with so much rain and ice around it's hard to think that anyone would be dehydrated but this is also the season of colds and other nasty bugs that make your child sick. One of the biggest dangers surrounding baby illnesses is dehydration. Babies with their smaller body mass can get dehydrated much more quickly than an adult. If your baby has been continually vomiting for around six hours or even vomiting sporadically for 24 hours call your doctor right away. If your baby has other issues that can cause dehydration also call your doctor. These issues are usually things like diarrhea, refusing to eat or drink, and sleeping for longer than normal periods. If you notice more dry diapers than usual, a dry look -- like a dry looking mouth or crying with few real tears then it's time to call your doctor immediately. One more sign of dehydration is if you pinch your baby's skin and it won't snap right back into place or if you press down onto his arm and your finger leaves a mark that lingers. This is really an advanced sign so if you see this you should have alreay called your doctor or taken your baby into the emergency room. Most experts agree that simply short frequent bouts of breastfeeding can help a sick baby stay hydrated but if your baby drinks formula he should have an electrolyte solution instead. However, always call the doctors office before switching your baby's food or feeding schedule.

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