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My infant is showing signs of dehydration. when do i call the doctor? my baby has been ill and is having fewer wet diapers than normal. ive tried to give her pedialyte, but she isnt taking much of it. at what point do i need to call her pediatrician?

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
You : You should call your child's doctor if you see any signs of dehydration. These signs are: - dry mouth -few or no tears when crying -excessive fussiness -fewer than 3-4 wet diapers/day -no urination in 6-8 hours -sunken soft spot -dry, wrinkled or doughy skin -appears weak or limp -decreased alertness or increased sleepiness -rapid breathing or fast heart rate legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry.
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Dr. Mahmood Khichi
Pediatric Critical Care 33 years experience
You should do that !: If an infant does not wet diapers normally it is a cause of concern, specially if you are offering pedialyte. If the infant is not wanting to feed orally, and has not paseed urine for more than 8 hours you need to consult your pediatrcian. If dehydration gets worse it may lead to electrolyte distubances in blood and even seizures !
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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Call Dr. now: Signs of dehydration include fewer wet diapers, tears and saliva that is thicker than usual. Infants may become dehydrated in just a few hours. It sounds like you've done the basics-it's time to discuss the details with your doctor. It will be much easier to treat the problem early. Good luck.
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Last updated Apr 12, 2017


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