Symptoms of Dehydration

Symptoms of Dehydration


Identify symptoms of dehydration and keep your little ones hydrated!

Diarrhoea and vomiting could lead to dehydration. This is because large amounts of fluid and electrolytes are lost from the body. This excessive fluid loss can then lead to dehydration. This means the body loses so much water that it can no longer function efficiently.

If a child has both diarrhoea and continued vomiting, dehydration may become even more dangerous. Look out for these signs of dehydration.

Main symptoms of dehydration

  • Dark yellow and strong-smelling pee
  • Less-frequent urination
  • Dry mouth
  • Few tears
  • Overly sleepy or fussy
  • Sunken eyes
  • No tears

What to do in case you detect symptoms of dehydration

  1. Continue to breastfeed and offer a hydration beverage. Keep your little one hydrated with a hydration beverage or oral rehydration solutions (also called electrolyte solutions). Certain minerals including potassium, sodium and chloride, are known as electrolytes. Electrolytes are vital for proper cell function and growth.
  2. Limit the sugar intake. Many of electrolyte beverages contain sugar, which can make diarrhoea worse. This is because extra sugar can draw water away from parts of the body that need it most.
  3. Be careful with over-the-counter medicines. What is appropriate for you as an adult is not the same as what your child’s body needs. Make sure you carefully look at the packaging and talk to your paediatrician before giving medecine to your child.

In any case, do not hesitate to contact your doctor if you notice symptoms of dehydration.


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