Summers are fast approaching and it won’t be long before the temperature hits 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Surely summers are getting warmer, and winters are getting colder due to climate change. There are consequences associated that are rarely talked about. One such concern relates to the severity of dehydration and how to tell if your own kid suffers from it.
We, as human beings, lose water in various forms. Water is lost when sweat evaporates from our body, or when we urinate. Even crying and breathing may also drain a minimum portion of water.
Parents would make it a point to feed their toddlers and replenish the lost fluid amount. While that is generally the case, in some scenarios, children would lose more water than they actually took in. Subsequently, leading to dehydration. It could possibly happen for a variety of reasons. From playing out in hot weather to suffering from a high-grade fever.
Either way, dehydration should never be taken lightly. When the body is not able to fulfil its fluid requirement, it can cause severe complications like brain damage.
Dehydration and Toddlers
It should come as a surprise to most people that children are more susceptible to dehydration than adults. That’s because they have a smaller body proportion hence a smaller water reserve. What that really means is that parents should be cautious of all the signs and contributory factors towards dehydration. Failure to identify the symptoms can be consequential for the child as a whole.
Although drinking less amount of water is one major reason for dehydration, there is a long list to consider. Medical scientists have identified some major risk factors that can potentially lead to draining out of water. For example, the condition can be caused by:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Excessive exposure to hot humid conditions
- Diarrhoea (caused by an infection)
While the above list mentions some of the contributory factors towards dehydration, the warning signs are equally important to consider. People would assume that being “a lot thirsty” is a way of telling if a child has the condition. That is a wrong approach to have since there is a range of other resulting consequences which can be identified.
- Dry skin
- Cracked lips
- Little urine in the past 8 hours (urine usually is dark coloured when passed out)
- Feeling fatigued and drained of energy
- Urge to sleep
- Eyes get sunken
- Rapid breathing
- Feeling unconscious at times
What to do when dehydrated?
The afore-mentioned discussion focused on the contributory factors and signs of dehydration. The next question that might arise: what to do next?
Fortunately, there are a couple of effective methods you can undertake if your child feels dehydrated. Yet, it’s more important to pinpoint the warning signs timely before they have the chance to be severe.
The most successful remedy to treat dehydration comes in the form of an oral rehydrating solution. It is commonly referred to as Pedialyte. The solution effectively treats the condition by replenishing the lost fluid and salt amount. More importantly, Pedialyte is far easy to digest. In case, the child has been vomiting continuously, an only a small amount should be given at regular intervals.