When your child is vomiting, has diarrhea, or is dehydrated, their world (and yours) turns upside down. It’s important to keep them hydrated while their body heals! Here are some tips for identifying dehydration and getting your little one back to feeling nourished and energized:
What are the signs of dehydration?
Any time your child is vomiting, has diarrhea or has signs of dehydrated. Always talk to your pediatrician if symptoms continue beyond 24 hours.
Small children in particular can get dehydrated quickly with vomiting or diarrhea. Their bodies have high metabolic rates and relatively small fluid reserves, which means they can quickly lose the water and electrolytes their bodies need to function.
Here are some signs of dehydration to watch out for:
- Less elasticity in the skin
- Eyes and fontanel (or soft spot on head) appear sunken
- Decrease or absence of tears
- Dry mouth
- Decrease number of wet diapers
What is an Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS)?
An oral rehydration solution (ORS) is a type of fluid replacement regulated by the FDA and used to prevent and treat dehydration due to vomiting and especially diarrhea. The fluid contains modest amounts of sugar and salts, specifically sodium and potassium, which are necessary in replenishing lost minerals. Studies have shown that the use of an oral rehydration solution decreases the risk of death from severe diarrhea by about 93%!
When and how do I give an ORS to my child?
Any time your child is having vomiting, diarrhea or is dehydrated, begin giving them electrolytes. Start off with small sips every few minutes as tolerated by their sensitive bodies. After giving your child an electrolyte solution for 12-24 hours and symptoms are decreasing, you can gradually begin introducing some foods back into their diet. The best first foods are applesauce, pears, bananas, and bland foods such as rice, toast, potatoes, and cereal, with a goal of returning to their usual diet over the next few days. Continue giving your child the electrolytes for a few days to ensure they are rehydrated.
Always speak to your health care provider when your child experiences these symptoms and and if symptoms persist before giving oral rehydration solutions.
Can I give too much?
No. Your child can drink until satisfied but especially at first do not let your child’s sensitive tummy get too full, so start off slowly!
What else should I watch out for?
When diarrhea occurs in combination with other symptoms, it could mean something more serious. Notify your pediatrician immediately if the diarrhea is accompanied by any of the following:
- Fever that lasts longer than 24-48 hours
- Bloody stools
- Vomiting that lasts more than 12-24 hours
- Vomited material that is green-colored, blood-tinged, or like coffee grounds in appearance
- A distended (swollen-appearing) abdomen
- Refusal to eat or drink
- Severe abdominal pain
- Rash or jaundice (yellow color of skin and eyes)
Did you know?
Exclusively breastfed babies are less likely to develop severe diarrhea. If a breastfed infant does develop diarrhea, generally you can continue breastfeeding, giving an additional electrolyte solution only if your doctor feels this is necessary. Many breastfed babies can continue to stay hydrated with frequent breastfeeding alone.
Mommy’s Bliss Electrolyte Powder Packs are formulated to meet the standard for rehydration solutions established by the World Health Organization. Our electrolytes contain just the right amount of vital minerals to keep them hydrated without filling them with sugar so you can get back to bliss faster.