Signs of dehydration in toddlers/Babies & tips to help.
C was in hospital last week. One of the issues he had was severe dehydration, which in turn caused him to have low blood sugar levels.
It all started with vomiting that lasted for 3/4 days. We were making sure he was having sips of water when he could even though he was brining it all back up again. We thought at least some of the liquid would have been getting into his system.
As the days went on we presumed he was just getting more poorly with the virus .. little did we know he was becoming severely dehydrated. It turns out just drinking water wasn’t doing him any good at all!
Signs of dehydration in toddlers:
- Dry skin or dry lips
- Fewer wet nappies than usual
- Cold hands & feet (even though the child might have a temperature)
- Dark coloured urine that has a strong smell
- Sunken eyes
- Pale complexion
- Lethargy (less activity than normal)
- Confusion/staring off and not concentrating/Irritability (more crying, fussiness)
- Crying with no tears
If your toddler/child is showing any of the above symptoms, you really need to seek medical help. Through dehydration the organs will suffer and the kidneys could have permanent damage.
It turned out C had the Rotavirus and he was admitted into hospital so he could have Intravenous fluids and glucose. As a result of being dehydrated his blood sugars dropped too low and this also required treatment.
Now the thing we didn’t realise is when a child is vomiting and loosing fluids, water really isn’t sufficient. You need to offer sugary drinks to keep their blood sugars stable. Offer your child sugary squash or flat lemonade (I know all the things you are usually told to avoid for healthy teeth!) or if you can get them to drink it offer oral rehydration solutions (such as Dioralyte. This is clinically proven to provide fast and effective replacement of electrolytes and treats the dehydration) We presumed as long as he was getting water, he was keeping himself hydrated …. how wrong were we!
After a 4 night stay I am happy to say he’s back to his usual happy self.