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    Question When to worry about fluid intake

    DS (almost 10 months) is currently teething and fairly stuffy because of a cold. I know that he's likely to eat and drink less while he's in pain and breathing is more difficult, but I'm a bit concerned he is becoming dehydrated. He's only really had 3 wet nappies today, and they weren't as wet as usual. He also just peed while I was changing a dirty nappy, and it was quite yellow. He's quite alert and as happy as he can be while so uncomfortable.

    Should I start worrying about him becoming dehydrated? And any suggestions on what I should do aside from offering the b00b more often? I know I may be worryingunnecessarily, but I know babies can go downhill quickly, and I'm currently having issues with anxiety.

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    Homemade icy pole with diluted juice? Or a splash of juice in his water? I'm usually pretty anti-juice but when I worry about hydration I give a little!

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    Watermelon? A wet cloth or washer to suck on?

    Do you have a nasal aspirator? Opening up his nose might help.

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    Home made icy poles starting to freeze. I put a splash of juice in his water, but it didn't make much difference. He took more when DH took over. Watermelon is a great idea! He's been chomping on cold wet washers, so at least he's getting some. He fell asleep while he was having a breastfeed after his bath... so I just let him keep going until my arm went numb. I think he had a half hour feed. At least he got some fluids.

    We have an aspirator, but he won't let me use it. I'm hard pressed getting to wipe his runny nose. I wish he could understand that it would make him more comfortable.

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    If you take him into a hot, steamy bathroom it might help it flow a bit more.

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    I was told by the DR to look in their mouth - if their tongue/ mouth is looking moist, with a bit of 'wet' looking saliva, they should be ok. If they are getting dehydrated, their mouth will be dry. I was also shown how to pinch their skin & look to see if it bounces back or stays in the 'pinch' shape. If you are feeling anxious, I always find Health Direct (1800 022 222) very reassuring, & you can call them any time of day or night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    I was told by the DR to look in their mouth - if their tongue/ mouth is looking moist, with a bit of 'wet' looking saliva, they should be ok. If they are getting dehydrated, their mouth will be dry. I was also shown how to pinch their skin & look to see if it bounces back or stays in the 'pinch' shape. If you are feeling anxious, I always find Health Direct (1800 022 222) very reassuring, & you can call them any time of day or night.
    Thank you, that's really helpful to assess where he is at!

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    It's really hard to measure when breastfeeding but if he's having at least half his normal fluid intake he should be ok. Definitely keep an eye on nappies. My DS (13mo) had a nasty illness recently and spent a few nights in hospital, when he was dehydrated his nappies were completely dry (they couldn't even get any urine out of his bladder with a catheter after a whole day on a drip!).

    If you're really worried, do a trial of fluids - at that age it'll probably be 5ml of fluid (in hospital they would give you hydrolyte) every 5 minutes. As long as he's not vomiting or having runny stools it should keep him hydrated.

    Hope he feels better soon!

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    Hydrolyte if you're worried - you can get it as iceblocks if you think bub would like them. A vaporiser for the bedroom might help with the blocked nose too. That aspirator is so hard to use, isn't it?

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    Poor little fella.
    Are his eyes sunken in? That's a good indicator. Also being lethargic and a sunken fontanel. Hope he feels better soon!

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