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Why Do Infants Become Dehydrated Very Quickly
Inadequate fluid: Infant dehydration occurs when fluid losses are greater than fluid intake. Fluid losses occur from bowel movements, which tend to be more liquid in infants; from skin, either by visible perspiration or invisible losses of water through skin pores, especially from heat; from vomiting or regurgitation; and then from any urine the baby passes. Fluid intake must at least match all these losses. ...Read more
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. I’ve tried to give her pedialyte, but she isn’t taking much of it. At what point do I need to call her pediatrician?
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. ...Read more
Several ways: Dehydration can be determined best when you have a recent weight to compare to, but the signs on the baby are decreased tears or no tears, decreased saliva to the point of stickiness of the saliva (thick, tacky), decreased skin turgor, sunken eyes and soft spot and lastly decreased urination. ...Read more
Small volume: Babies get dehydrated because simply they are so small. Fever causes evaporation, and babies are all surface area comparatively. Thus a moderate fever causes decent water loss. Couple that with vomiting and some diarrhea and a lot of fluid loss happens quickly. Babies cannot be reasoned with that they need to "just drink more", so all that water loss leads to irritability, not thirst. ...Read more
Poor urine output: There are several ways you can tell if your baby is dehydrated. The most important one is if you notice that your baby's diapers are drier than normal or that he or she has fewer wet diapers. Other signs include dry lips, flat fontanelle if your baby is less than six months old, crying without tears, and decreased activity level. ...Read more
No: Try to avoid a high salt diet. ...Read more
39 weeks, not dehydrated and have eatin all day, and have felt the baby move since 8am its now 4pm. Should I be concerned and call the doctor?
My 3 month old baby has diarrhea since yesterday. She has been sleeping a lot today. Can she be dehydrated and how much pedialite can I give her?
Diarrhea: Diarrhea in a 3 month old is tricky. At 3 months, I recommend her usual feeds - formula or breastmilk, which can be offered at other times, more frequently. If she cannot take in her usual diet, is making fewer wet diapers (urine) than usual or is sleeping a lot, please seek medical attention. ...Read more
Trying 2 conceive. Last n. I passed out onway to bathroom. Hus thinks I'm dehydrated. Period due Mar 5th. Could fall or dehy have hurt baby this early?
No but falling and: dehydration can hurt you. The most important action you can take to protect your baby when you do get pregnant is to take care of yourself. I strongly recommend dequate fluid intake, prenatal vitamins and a visit to your doctor to find out why you passed out. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more
My 9-week old baby has 'brick dust' in his diaper some mornings. Our doctor isn't concerned because he isn't dehydrated, but I'm still worried.
??????????????????: You might want to start over and explain what you mean by brick dust. I have never heard it used in any context and cannot discern what you mean by it. ...Read more
I want to breast-feed my baby after birth. But with my previuos 2 boys, I didn't have enough milk n they got dehydrated n dr. Told me to give formula.?
Keep breast feeding: Medical studies show the huge benefit of breast feeding. Be patient as it takes a few days for full engorgement and milk let down. Unless babies are premature they rarely need formula because of "dehydration." make sure you stay hydrated with water and are eating healthy. ...Read more
My sister in law's baby died in utero around 16w. No amniotic fluid but she didn't have leaking. They said fetus was dehydrated. How so? Kidney issue?
Could be: Amniotic fluid includes urine made by the fetus during pregnancy.Those that have poorly formed or no kidneys or a severe blockage to their urine outflow, will not create enough amniotic fluid. The fetus remains so tightly shrinked wrapped, that they also can have poor lung growth (no room).These can survive pregnancy but die soon after birth. A loss early in pregnancy may indicate another issue. ...Read more
33 weeks pregnant. I went to the hospital because I was dehydrated they also gave me antibiotics for a bladder infection. Will the meds hurt the baby?
See below: The medications will not cause any harm to the baby. ...Read more
Low blood pressure for 4 months since I had my baby. Fasting blood sugar 117. What causes this? I'm not dehydrated. Thyroid TSH normal
Pre-diabetes: Your blood sugar is in the pre-diabetes range. You should see your doctor and may wish to repeat it. If this is correct, then despite your claim, you are likely dehydrated. Try drinking enough water so that your urine is colorless and watery. Please do follow up with your doctor about work-up for possible pre-diabetes. ...Read more
Yes. Add sugar: Your baby must be well enough to suck and swallow. Sugar water is highly recommended for infant dehydration. Starch requires digestion. Simple sugar is faster. A pinch of salt or baking soda is also helpful. You may place drops of sugar water on the tongue or under the tongue. Then help your baby suck from a bottle that you have made. If this seems ineffective, take your baby to a clinic ...Read more
Baby has been working on a tooth for a month now, the past two days she is barely drinking anything. What can I do? Worried about dehydration.
6w baby spat up a lot after a feeding and them ate fine a few hours later. Many wet diapers but slightly sunken Fontanelle. Dehydration? She was cryin
Yes & no: The gatoraid by itself is not designed for babies & is generally too sugary & concentrated for them. I sometimes recommend its use in kids over 6m mixed half & half with water until parents can get another product. Products like pedialyte are lytren are more suited for infants. ...Read more
Could gestational sac measure small due to dehydration? Or is it a serious abnormality with the baby?
Could gestational sac measure small due to dehydration? The baby is measuring normal with a normal hb but the sac is measuring almost 2 weeks behind.
See doctor now: Or go to ER if dehydrated do not wait with a 1 year old. ...Read more
My two years old baby is vomiting and dehydration remaining 4 times and don't eat any food and milk. ... only water?
See Dr now. ER ok: If your 2 year old is dehydrated already and is not able to hydrate orally, you should go to the children's ER. They may need IV fluids. ...Read more
Volume Status: Yes. Fluid in mother's womb depends on mother's volume status. ...Read more
My 2yo had stomachbug vomiting for 6dys. Was in hosp for 2dys dehydration. Gettin better hme now. I'm well bt can by my unborn baby harmed 15wks pregnant?
If you are doing well and have no signs & symptoms of any infection then you should be ok provided you see your doctor if any symptoms arise.
Prevention and precaution- strict hand washing by everyone in the family after bathroom breaks, before meals, after coming from outside etc ...Read more
How many times should a 3 months old should wet a diaper for it not to be considered dehydration? My baby has RSV with some vomit and diarrea.
3 Times a day: Be sure your baby has at least one wet diaper every 8 hours or so during the illness. Sometimes, putting a little cotton ball in the diaper is useful, so you can see that there is a little urine in there. If he goes longer than this, see his ped's for a followup. You can even try syringe feeds if he is short of breath, this can help keep the fluids in him while he's recovering. Best of luck ...Read more
Doctor recommends spironolactone, breastfeeding and afraid to pass in milk, as antitestosterone to make my baby boy feminine, also afraid of dehydration?
Spironolactone: Spironolactone appears acceptable during breastfeeding. The authors of the study estimated the infant received 0.2% of the mother total daily dosage (100 mg of Spiromolactone) in the form of carenone, major metabolite of Spiromolactone. This is not significant to cause effect on the breastfeeding infant. ...Read more
Hello Dr. Deborah, since I found orange spot on my 6th mn baby, l read that mean sign of dehydration if I give her organic juice for baby is it help? Or should I add formula milk? I am breastfeeding mom.
I'm sorry but I: Don't quite understand your question. Where is the spot? Is she having wet diapers? How does your milk supply seem? Is she eating other foods? ...Read more
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