Dehydration means that your baby has lost too much fluid. This can happen if your baby stops breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating can also cause your baby to lose too much fluid.
Dehydration can be serious. Your baby's body needs fluids to make enough blood. Without a good supply of blood, vital organs such as the heart and brain can't work as well as they should.
You may be able to treat your baby at home. But your doctor may want your baby to stay in the hospital for a while to get fluids. This is often for 1 or 2 days, but it may be longer.
Your baby may get fluids by being bottle-fed, through a feeding tube in the nose, or in a vein (IV).
Your doctor might suggest meeting with an expert on breastfeeding. These experts are called lactation consultants. They can show you how to tell if your baby isn't getting enough fluids. And they can show you ways to help your baby get more fluids.
The most common symptoms include:
These symptoms can develop if your baby is not getting enough breast milk or formula.
If your baby gets treatment in the hospital, he or she will get fluids.
When you bring your baby home you'll want to make sure your baby is getting enough fluids by doing these things:
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to
know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your child's doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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