The symptoms of dehydration in babies are another of the great summer classics. Rocío Jurado said that we broke our love from using it so much . I am convinced that there are some words that break us from using them so much and one of them is hydration . As soon as the little leg appears in June, if you plug in the radio or television you receive messages about hydration practically by osmosis. And there I have left the link of my post on hydration, that’s how original I am …
Why are babies at higher risk for dehydration?
Despite all the information that comes to us by land, sea and air, there is one thing we continue to do wrong, especially in babies. There are three reasons why babies are at greater risk of dehydration than adults:
- Babies cannot speak. Although it sounds like a truism, it is not nonsense. Not knowing how to speak, they cannot openly complain that they are thirsty. They can cry, yes, but how can you tell if they are thirsty, poop, pee, gas, hunger, sleep, gut pain, want to be in their arms, or simply because they are more boring than cute?
- Babies pee a lot. Their kidneys are still missing a boil, and the production of antidiuretic hormone is less than in the adult. This means that they do not concentrate the urine well and that is why they wet the diaper for a while and yes also.
- They have a higher body surface rate. This means that for their small body, they have a higher proportion of skin than adults. Therefore they perspire more and are more sensitive to heat.
Should babies be offered water to avoid dehydration?
Babies under six months who are exclusively breastfed do not need to drink water: breast milk on demand should be their only source of hydration.
When the baby is already on complementary feeding, breast milk should continue to be his main source of hydration, however water may be offered from time to time.
What are the symptoms of dehydration in babies?
Although they don’t speak, babies send us signals. Here’s an automatic translator for first-time parents …
- Decay and hypotonia. Translation: Flat baby.
- Decreased urine output. Translation: Less wet diaper.
- Dry, hard stools. Translation: Poop stiff as a stick .
- Dry skin and mucosa. Translation: Tongue like a gatete.
- Fontanelle depression. Translation: Dented head.
- Fold sign. Translation: After a pinch the mark remains.
It is important to keep an eye out for these symptoms and see a pediatrician if necessary. Especially these symptoms may appear when children suffer from gastroenteritis due to diarrhea and vomiting. The pediatrician will assess what is the most appropriate treatment.
How can we avoid dehydration in babies?
We all know the theory: children under three should not be exposed to direct sunlight. In practice, every dad and every mom makes a cape from their cape. In addition to offering water or the breast as we mentioned previously, it is important to follow the following tips:
- Do not go to the beach in the middle of the day. And don’t say they already know it. I encourage you to go down to any Spanish beach at one in the afternoon and start counting babies … we would never finish.
- Protect children with hats and umbrellas …Which is fine, but remember that the use of a tent-type igloo umbrella is still not appropriate in the middle of the day. The baby is cooked in its own juice.
- Attention cars:Be careful with those who stay parked in the sun! The car must always be acclimatized before mounting the baby. When we get to the beach and make the ‘Normandy landing’, the first thing is that the baby is in a cool place, not leaving the waitress there watching life go by. Also beware of “waiting” inside the car in places without ventilation such as garages, shopping malls, etc.
- Keep baby’s skin hydratedas the skin is the barrier through which perspiration is regulated.
- Wear cool clothes. Remember that wearing ordinary cotton shirts protects from the sun less than a sun