It's cold, it's rainy and it may even snow soon, but guess what... baby dehydration can happen during fall and...
It's cold, it's rainy and it may even snow soon, but guess what... baby dehydration can happen during fall and winter just like it can occur in the summer. Many parents assume that chilly damp weather chases off dehydration risks, but heat is not the only cause of baby dehydration. Dehydration, in the simplest terms, means your body (or your baby's body) lets off more fluid than it retains. Dehydration can occur due to:
- Intense diarrhea.
- Fever or excessive sweating.
- Inadequate intake of water (especially during hot weather or exercise, but too little fluid can happen at other times too).
- Dry, sticky mouth.
- Your baby may be less active than usual.
- Decreased urine output. The Mayo Clinic says that "Fewer than six wet diapers a day for infants" is a sign of dehydration.
- Few or no tears when crying.
- Your baby or toddler has been continually vomiting for six hours.
- Your baby or toddler has been vomiting sporadically for 24 hours.
- Your baby has diarrhea + refuses to eat or drink + is sleeping for longer than normal.
- Your baby has many more dry diapers than usual.
- Your baby has been sick or showing the signs above and your baby’s skin doesn't snap right back into place if you lightly pinch it, or if you press down onto his arm and your finger leaves a mark that lingers.
- Your baby has been sick, won't take fluids and also has dark colored urine.