Dehydration in Toddlers

 

Dehydration isn’t something to take lightly. When it happens, your child’s body doesn’t have enough fluids and water to function properly. In severe cases, this could lead to brain damage or even death. 

 

Most of the time, a toddler gets enough water from eating and drinking to replace the fluids they lose. But in some cases, kids can lose more water than normal. For example,, fevers, diarrhoea, being out in hot weather, or too much exercise. These may result in too much fluid loss which can lead to dehydration.

Toddlers are risk of dehydration

Some toddlers become dehydrated because they don’t drink enough water. Certain factors can also put your toddler at a higher risk of dehydration.

These include:

  • ✅ Fever
  • ✅ Vomiting
  • ✅ Diarrhea
  • ✅ Excessive sweating
  • ✅ Poor fluid intake during an illness
  • ✅ Chronic illnesses like diabetes or a bowel disorder
  • ✅ Exposure to hot and humid weather

 

 

Signs of dehydration

Dehydration can happen very slowly over time, or it can happen suddenly. Toddlers with an illness, especially stomach flu or diarrhoea should be monitored closely for signs of dehydration. The warning signs aren’t always obvious. 

Don’t wait until your toddler is excessively thirsty. If they’re really thirsty, they may already be dehydrated.

 

These are the warning signs to look for:

  • ✅ Dry, cracked lips 
  • ✅ Dark-colored urine
  • ✅ Little or no urine for eight hours
  • ✅ Cold or dry skin
  • ✅ Sunken eyes or sunken soft spot on the head (for babies)
  • ✅ Excessive sleepiness
  • ✅ Low energy levels
  • ✅ No tears when crying
  • ✅ Extreme fussiness 

 

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