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Pediatrics/Children's Health

Symptoms of Dehydration in Baby
By Barbara Parker, RN, ARNP, CNM

Q. What are the symptoms of dehydration in a baby? I took my two month old to the park and she got rather sweaty. I know that a sunken fontenelle is a sign. My baby's is just barely sunk; you can't really tell unless you look hard. She is breastfeeding and wetting her diapers though.

A. If your baby is wetting 6 to 10 diapers daily, if her mouth seems wet or she's drooling, and if she is crying tears, she's fine.

The real key is how many diapers she's wetting per day. Watch for that and if you have any concerns, contact your pediatrician.


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