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