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Signs. Their mouth and tongue seem dry. They aren’t urinating as often as usual. Their breathing and heart rate speed up slightly.
Their arms and legs feel cool to the touch. They appear listless, unusually cranky, or have less energy than normal. Their eyes appear sunken or they don’t produce as. Instead, look out for these warning signs: dry, cracked lips. dark-colored urine. little or no urine for eight hours. cold or dry skin. sunken eyes or sunken soft spot on the head (for babies) excessive sleepiness. low energy levels. no tears when crying. extreme fussiness. fast breathing or heart.
Signs of dehydration include: Sunken eyes. Decreased frequency of urination or dry diapers. Sunken soft spot on the front of the head in babies (called the fontanel) No tears when the child cries. Dry or sticky mucous membranes (the lining of the mouth or tongue) Lethargy (less than normal activity). Children and adults need sufficient water in their systems to maintain body temperature, make bodily fluids and for routine functioning.
If a child is severely dehydrated, it means he cannot replace body fluids by eating or drinking normally and will need hospitalization. Dehydrated kids can go through several chronic medical problems. When wondering how to tell if a child is dehydrated, the main thing to consider are changes from the norm, both in appearance and behavior. The following are common symptoms of dehydration in children: Lack of Body Fluids — When dehydrated, children may exhibit dry skin and/or mouth, no tears, and decrease in urine production.
Skin turgor, how elasticity the skin is, is a key indicator of body fluid loss. To check it, pinch a small section of skin and hold it for a few. Any of these signs could indicate that your baby is dehydrated or is becoming dehydrated: Plays less than usual Goes more than six hours without a wet diaper Urine that looks darker and smells stronger than usual.
If your baby or child becomes dehydrated (usually because of a fever, vomiting or diarrhea), treatment with an oral rehydration solution is your best bet. There are several over-the-counter options. Anyone can get dehydrated, but the odds are higher for some people: Babies and young children are the most likely to have severe diarrhea and vomiting, and they lose the most water from a high.
If your child’s dehydrated, it means that she doesn’t have as much fluid in her body as she needs. Children are more prone to dehydration than adults. Dehydration can happen if your child takes in less fluid than she loses throug.
List of related literature:
|from All-in-One Nursing Care Planning Resource: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Maternity, and Psychiatric-Mental Health|
|from Clinical Manual of Emergency Pediatrics|
|from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone|
|from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition|
|from Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing: Second South Asian Edition|
|from Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN® Examination E-Book|
|from All-in-One Nursing Care Planning Resource E-Book: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Maternity, and Psychiatric-Mental Health|
|from Family Medicine: Principles and Practice|
|from Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care|
|from Broadribb’s Introductory Pediatric Nursing|