Newborn Care Basics: 5 Signs Of Dehydration In Infants

Dehydration in infants is a little difficult for new parents to understand. Here we provide some tips to recognize the lack of water in infants.

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograUpdated at: Nov 23, 2019 14:40 IST
Newborn Care Basics: 5 Signs Of Dehydration In Infants

Babies need more care and nutrition as they are very sensitive! Newborns need proper feeding, special attention during their faeces and urine. In the first year, a major source of their nutrition comes from mother's milk, which keeps them healthy. As they continue to grow, their body weight keeps increasing and decreasing. Similarly, babies can also become dehydration victims (which is a little difficult to understand). Don't worry, as we are telling you the 5 signs of dehydration in infants.

Dryness of mouth and skin

It is very difficult for new parents to understand their child. Therefore, you have to check carefully whether their lips dry frequently or not! Also, keep a watch on their skin. Even by looking at the colour of the tongue and saliva, parents can guess whether their child is thirsty or not. Apart from this, dryness in and around the mouth, lips and face can also cause their skin to peel. These sign should never be ignored.


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Crying without tears

As the children grow up, they start crying and shed tears. Crying without tears usually occurs when the body is deficient in water. In such a situation, try to give milk and water to the child and at the same time pay good attention to their nutrition.

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Dry diapers 

If you are a new parent, chances are that you are not already familiar with the child's toilet habits. In the first six months, 5-6 diaper change per day is considered normal. If your child has a change or decrease in faeces and urine, then he/she is deficient in water. Look at the colour of the urine of the child, usually, the urine can turn dark yellow due to dehydration, which is not normal.

Dull and sleepy


Like adults, when infants do not get proper nutrition, they become more tired and seem more lethargic than normal. Due to dehydration, your baby may also fall asleep repeatedly. It is therefore important that you keep an eye on your child's sleep routine. Sleepiness is one of the most frequently ignored signs of dehydration, so take special care of it.


If your child is hungry or has a shortage of water, he/she may become more irritable, hoarse and fussy. They may cry and disturb you. For such situations, fiddling is considered an easy solution to calm the baby's crying. However, children can become irritable and raucous for too many reasons, so you cannot depend on this reason alone.

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