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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.

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• Check the soft spot on top of the head in children younger than 2 yr: if it is sunken in, the child is dehydrated.

“All-in-One Nursing Care Planning Resource: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Maternity, and Psychiatric-Mental Health” by Pamela L. Swearingen
from All-in-One Nursing Care Planning Resource: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Maternity, and Psychiatric-Mental Health
by Pamela L. Swearingen
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

If the child is moderately dehydrated there are additional signs and symptoms of dehydration such as tachycardia, orthostatic changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and a depressed fontanelle in an infant.

“Clinical Manual of Emergency Pediatrics” by Ellen F. Crain, Jeffrey C. Gershel, Sandra J. Cunningham
from Clinical Manual of Emergency Pediatrics
by Ellen F. Crain, Jeffrey C. Gershel, Sandra J. Cunningham
Cambridge University Press, 2010

•If your child shows dehydration signs like no urination, dry lips, sunken eyes, sunken soft spot (baby).

“Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone” by Linda Page
from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide To Self-Healing For Everyone
by Linda Page
Healthy Healing Publications, 2004

The first sign of dehydration is that the child makes less urine than usual; this can be hard to judge, however, if the child is in diapers and the diaper is filled with liquid stool.

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
Pocket Books, 2011

If the child has no other severe classification, give fluid for severe dehydration, or if the child also has another severe classification, refer urgently to the hospital with mother giving frequent sips of ORS on the way.

“Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing: Second South Asian Edition” by A. Judie
from Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing: Second South Asian Edition
by A. Judie
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Provide instructions to the parents about the types and amounts of fluid to encourage, the signs of dehydration, and indications of the need to notify the HCP. cluding fluid gains and losses.

“Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN® Examination E-Book” by Linda Anne Silvestri
from Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN® Examination E-Book
by Linda Anne Silvestri
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If dry or sticky and the child is not a mouth breather, the child may be dehydrated.

“All-in-One Nursing Care Planning Resource E-Book: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Maternity, and Psychiatric-Mental Health” by Pamela L. Swearingen, Jacqueline Wright
from All-in-One Nursing Care Planning Resource E-Book: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Maternity, and Psychiatric-Mental Health
by Pamela L. Swearingen, Jacqueline Wright
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

The best way to assess hydration of a child is to have serial weight measurements.

“Family Medicine: Principles and Practice” by J. L. Buckingham, E. P. Donatelle, W. E. Jacott, M. G. Rosen, Robert B. Taylor
from Family Medicine: Principles and Practice
by J. L. Buckingham, E. P. Donatelle, et. al.
Springer New York, 2013

• Perform an assessment for signs of dehydration in the pediatric client.

“Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care” by Betty J. Ackley, MSN, EdS, RN, Gail B. Ladwig, MSN, RN
from Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care
by Betty J. Ackley, MSN, EdS, RN, Gail B. Ladwig, MSN, RN
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

Observe for signs of dehydration, such as dry mucous membranes, weight loss, or, in the case of infants, sunken fontanelles.

“Broadribb's Introductory Pediatric Nursing” by Nancy T. Hatfield
from Broadribb’s Introductory Pediatric Nursing
by Nancy T. Hatfield
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007

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