Signs of Dehydration in Children

Be alert for the following warning signs of dehydration, and notify a pediatrician immediately if any of them develop.

 

Signs of Dehydration in  Children and Infants

 

Mild to Moderate Dehydration in Children:

  • Plays less than usual
  • Urinates less frequently (for infants, fewer than six wet diapers per day)
  • Parched, dry mouth
  • Fewer tears when crying
  • A sunken soft spot of the head in an infant or toddler
  • Stools will be loose if dehydration is caused by diarrhea; if dehydration is due to other fluid loss (vomiting, lack of fluid intake), there will be decreased bowel movements.

Severe Dehydration:

  • Very fussy
  • Excessively sleepy
  • Sunken eyes
  • Cool, discolored hands and feet
  • Wrinkled skin
  • Urinates only one to two times per day

 

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics

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