Children are prone to dehydrating quicker than adults and can lose fluid through sweat, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. It is vital that you spot the signs of dehydration as it can be severe and in some cases life-threatening.
How To Spot The Signs Of Dehydration
The following signs could mean your child is dehydrated:
• More than 5 hours without urinating
• Dark yellow urine
• No tears when crying
The following signs could mean your child is severely dehydrated:
• Hands and feet feel cold
• Lightheaded or dizziness
• Sleepy or irritable
• Sunken eyes
What Do I Do If My Child Is Dehydrated
Children can become dehydrated extremely quickly, that’s why when you spot the signs of dehydration you need to move fast. Electrolyte liquids are a great way to rehydrate the body. If you are near a pharmacy take your child to seek medical advice. If you happen to be on the road or nowhere near medical help, try and get your child a sports drink. These are often a good way to rehydrate quickly.
If your child is severely dehydrated, take them to the closest hospital, it is most likely they will need and IV tube until rehydrated.
How Can I Prevent Dehydration
Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids, especially when they are unwell or if the weather is hot. Try to avoid fizzy drinks.
Be alert and look for the symptoms especially if your child:
Has a fever:
Keep your child hydrated with ice cold drinks. Try to give your child ibuprofen to bring down their temperature.
If it is a very hot day or your child has been doing lots of activities then you will need to increase your child’s intake of fluids.
If your child has a stomach bug or food poisoning they will lose fluid at a scarily rapid pace. Stay away from flavoured drinks and encourage your child to drink lots of water.
Keep your child drinking small amounts of water at a time. Even a teaspoon every 15 minutes is fine.
Is Refusing To Drink:
A sore throat or cold can stop children from wanting to drink. Give your child a pain killer to help and offer liquids often. Cold liquids may be soothing but avoid citrus drinks, like orange juice and grapefruit juice.
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