If your toddler has fever, diarrhoea or vomiting, he could lose precious bodily fluids. This in turn could lead to dehydration. Here are some steps to handle such a situation.
By Ashwin Dewan
We all lose fluids from our bodies every day as we sweat, pass urine or cry. Drinking enough water and other liquids helps replenish the lost fluids. Toddlers are dependent on their caregivers for this replenishment. According to a health website, children between the ages of one and three years need 1.3 litres of water per day. If they don’t get the optimum amount of fluids, they run the risk of becoming dehydrated. So, make sure your toddler is getting enough fluids.
Remember, your toddler cannot express herself clearly and may not be able to communicate how thirsty she is. As parents, it is up to you to recognise dehydration through signs and symptoms such as:
It is vital to know the early signs of dehydration in your toddler so you can respond quickly.
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Treatment depends on how dehydrated your toddler is. If he has only mild dehydration, make sure he gets plenty of rest and keeps drinking fluids, as replenishment of lost fluids is an effective way to handle the problem. Here are some steps to follow:
Mild dehydration can be handled at home. However, you should visit the doctor if your toddler is:
Once your toddler becomes better hydrated, the next step is to get him back to a normal diet. However, it is advisable to avoid foods with a high sugar content, as well as fried and spicy foods initially, as they can hinder the recovery process. So, keep him on a bland diet for a while and gradually re-introduce heavier foods.
Being aware of the possibility of your toddler becoming dehydrated is the first step towards preventing the condition. The following precautions are useful:
1) Always keep a packet of oral rehydration solution handy in either liquid or powder form.
Dr. Subbarayan says, “If your toddler falls ill, make sure she drinks more water than usual. Give her ORS if you think it is required. The best way to prevent dehydration in your child is to offer her fluids at regular intervals.”
2) If you are outdoors on a hot day, make sure your toddler does not get unnecessarily exposed to the sun. Ensure he stays in the shade as much as possible, wears a cap, and drinks plenty of water.
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With inputs from Dr. Anbezhil Subbarayan, Senior Paediatrician and Pediatric Endocrinologist, Apollo Hospitals.
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