As the temperatures drop, babies are more susceptible to colds and other viruses that can cause them to lose plenty of fluids. But since they can't tell you when they are in danger, it's even more important for you to watch for signs that they need to be hydrated. If your baby is under the weather, you need to know the signs your baby is dehydrated.
According to Baby Center, babies are more prone to dehydration than adults. Bouts of vomiting, diarrhea, and even sweating can cause them to lose more fluids than they consume and, as a result, put them at risk for dehydration. Sunken eyes, dry mouth, and a decrease in wet diapers are just a few of the tell-tale signs that your baby could use your help to get more fluids into his body.
If you notice any of the signs of dehydration in your baby, it is important to contact your doctor as soon as possible to determine the best next steps. He may instruct you to give him more breast milk or formula to replace the lost fluids. After three months of age, it is safe to give your dehydrated baby doses of electrolyte fluids such as Pedialyte, according to his weight and age, according to Baby Center.
You can do your part to make sure your baby has enough fluids by ensuring she has enough liquid in the form of breast milk or formula throughout the day, particularly during the summer months. And when you begin to feed your baby solids, make sure you are supplementing his foods with water.