QOD: My baby has vomiting and diarrhea. Is he dehydrated?

Sick babies can get dehydrated pretty quickly. If they are losing more than they are taking in, they are at risk of becoming dehydrated.

Even a day’s worth of vomiting or diarrhea can put your baby at risk. Here are a few clues:

  • Dry lips
  • Sunken eyes
  • Sunken fontanel (soft spot on top of the baby’s head)
  • Heart is beating faster than usual
  • Decreased number of wet diapers

If your baby has any of these symptoms, a visit to the pediatrician is in order. Your baby may need IV fluids to rehydrate him, especially if the vomiting or diarrhea persists.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, July 2019

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