Stop Dehydration Before It Becomes Serious.

Baby dehydration is not uncommon. However, since baby dehydration can become serious quickly, it's smart to try and prevent dehydration...
Baby dehydration is not uncommon. However, since baby dehydration can become serious quickly, it's smart to try and prevent dehydration when you can. How to prevent baby dehydration: Watch for illness: The most common time for a baby to become dehydrated is when he's sick. Thus, it makes sense to stay on top of baby dehydration when your little one is either becoming sick or is already ill. Start fluids now, not later: As soon as you see the first signs of illness in your baby, you should begin giving extra or more frequent fluids. Keep those fluids flowing: Of course for most babies fluids means breast milk or formula. Most experts agree you can keep a sick baby hydrated simply by allowing short frequent bouts of breastfeeding. If your baby drinks formula, not breast milk, he may need an electrolyte solution to help him stay hydrated instead of simply straight formula. However, never switch your baby’s food or feeding schedule without first calling your pediatrician. Ask about meds: Sometimes a sick infant will refuse liquids because it hurts to swallow. If your baby has a bad cold or has been diagnosed with a sore throat, ask the pediatrician about infant acetaminophen or another pain reliever. It may help ease the pain and encourage your baby to drink. Dress your baby appropriately: Too much sweating, while a seemingly small issue, can cause dehydration. In the summer dress your baby lightly and in the winter don't go crazy with too many layers. Learn how to dress your baby in the winter. Shade is your pal: In the summer, excess heat can cause excess sweating and dehydration. Prevent this by simply chilling in the shade when you're outside.

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