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.
- 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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