Assessing Dehydration

Dehydration can be a real concern with our infant patients and the signs can often be subtle, like dry mucosal membranes and a lack of tears while crying. One reliable indicator of the progresson of

                         Photo By: Sara Heinrichs
Photo By: Sara Heinrichs

dehydration in infants is urine output. While urine output in children and adults can vary significantly, infants can be relied on to produce 4 – 10 wet diapers per day. Ask the parents and check the diaper pail. An infant that comes up short on the diaper count should be cause for concern.

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