What Do You Need to Know about Dehydration and Your Baby?

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Babies, especially premature babies, are much more susceptible to problems that can sneak up on you, such as dehydration. While dehydration can show up as a result of illness, it can also happen when your baby gets overheated in hot conditions.

Here’s what you need to know.

Pediatric Home Health Care North Hills PA - What Do You Need to Know about Dehydration and Your Baby?

Pediatric Home Health Care North Hills PA – What Do You Need to Know about Dehydration and Your Baby?

Dehydration Is More Likely in Babies

Babies develop dehydration much more quickly than adults do. Their systems are smaller and the proportion of water to body mass is much different. If your baby is a preemie, then the likelihood of developing dehydration becomes even greater. It’s really important to stay alert to the signs of dehydration so that you can work quickly to take action.

Look for the Signs of Dehydration

It’s tough to spot dehydration if your child can’t talk to you and tell you what she’s feeling, so you have to be more aware of physical symptoms. If your baby has been vomiting or has diarrhea, then it’s highly likely that she’s experiencing dehydration.

Some of the biggest signs of dehydration in a baby include:

  • A dry diaper, even after several hours
  • Concentrated urine
  • Lethargy
  • Dry mouth and lips
  • No tears or sweat
  • A sunken look around the eyes


Any of these signs mean that you need to take some action now to hydrate your baby. Remember also that these signs can show up very quickly if you’re outside in the sun or otherwise in a hot environment.

Keep Water on Hand

Offering water, breast milk, or formula is one of the fastest ways to help your dehydrated baby, but you don’t want her to drink too fast. This can especially be a problem if she’s overheated. Get to a cooler location if you’re out in the heat. Pay attention to how your baby is responding. If you’ve caught the situation early, there may be nothing else needed.

Continued Signs of Dehydration Require Additional Help

If your baby doesn’t show signs of improving or she starts vomiting or has diarrhea, these are signs that your baby needs more help. Contact her doctor or take her to an emergency room to determine what other treatments are necessary. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to dehydration because it can become severe very quickly with babies.

Preemies can be even more susceptible to dehydration. It’s a good idea to hire pediatric home health care providers to help you stay on top of all the little details that can point to dehydration, especially if your baby is premature.

If you or a loved one are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services in North Hills PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
About the author: Laura Partridge
Laura Partridge, the Business Development Manager for Star Multi Care Services has been with the company since 2002. Prior to her current role, she had served as the Administrator of the Pittsburgh branch for 10 years, as well as holding positions within health systems in New York and Pennsylvania as a Nursing Home Administrator and Regional Director of Operations of Independent and Assisted Living facilities. Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, and currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for both the Alliance for Community Respite Care and Gateway Health Plan. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and North Allegheny baseball, softball and lacrosse Boosters. Community Engagement and Education has been her passion and she enjoys teaching opportunities for the American Red Cross and a local community college as well as collaborative grant writing with various healthcare and education partners. Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more free time on fields and courts than she does at home. Although they live in Pittsburgh, you will never see a Steelers logo in their home. Instead, the Bills, Sabres and some Pirates gear are more often visible. “My empathy is always for the underdog. They usually work harder than everyone else.”. –Laura Partridge Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele