7 effective ways to deal with dehydration in your newborn


Newborns are delicate, and they are to be dealt with so much care. They are easily affected by external conditions and are usually susceptible to various infections from bacteria and viruses. Especially when it comes to summer, due to the high temperatures, newborns fall ill quickly. Dehydration is the major glitch of summer that weakens newborns, sometimes even being terminal. Fortunately, there are many ways to cure dehydration before it gets out of hand. Here are the seven effective ways in which you can tackle the issue.

Identify the symptoms

To deal with dehydration, you’ll need to know if it is dehydration. That brings you to learning about the symptoms. Particularly in newborns, it is relatively easy to find out. You can see that there is less frequency of the urination. You’ll also see that when your newborn cries, there won’t be any tears. Dry or sticky mucus membranes, excessive thirst, sleepiness, irritability are also signs of dehydration.

Know the reasons

A lot of people think that summer’s hot and humid weather is the only reason of dehydration. But no, there are several other things that contribute to dehydration. Fever in newborns is one of the common reasons. Diarrhea and the stomach problems can also result in dehydration. Viral infections can be the underlying case of upset stomach in newborns. Another important note, if you observe dehydration regularly, don’t let it be. It could be cystic fibrosis, a rare lung condition to which newborns are susceptible. Once you figure out why your baby is dehydrated, you can get to the cause and deal with it.

Increase the fluid intake

This sort of seems obvious, but this is the most efficient way to deal with dehydration. Feed liquids to your baby in short intervals of time. If you breastfeed, increase the frequency of nursing your baby. Sodas or sports drinks or anything that is high in sugar and preservatives should be avoided. If your baby is suffering from diarrhea and vomiting, then it is best to feed them small sips, but at regular intervals. You can feed them water and if your baby is bottle fed, dilute the milk with water before feeding them.

Take the help of Electrolyte Solutions

Oral Rehydration Solutions work wonders in keeping your baby well hydrated. Electrolyte solutions are quick at replacing the lost fluids and salts. The reason is that they have appropriate amounts of salts, sugars, and potassium which will help with dehydration. Solutions such as Infalyte and Pedialyte can be used, but check with your doctor before feeding your baby anything.

Set up the Surroundings

New borns are still trying to adjust and adapt to the new environment. The extreme weathers of winters and summers can be too much for them. Dehydration can be caused by the hot weather outside so always take care of the surroundings your new born is in. Dress him/her in loose cotton clothes, make sure the room they are in is cool. Don’t bring them out in the sun and water the walls of your house in the evenings to reduce the heat inside. If they have diarrhea, clean all their clothes and keep everything clean to avoid any further infections. You baby might even have problems with sleep due to his/her irritability, calm them down and you can help them learn self-soothing too!


Once your newborn looks well hydrated, don’t abandon whatever extra care you were taking just yet. If your newborn was given IV fluids, there is a possibility of the continuation of diarrhea and vomiting due to the immediate changes and absence of IV. It is quite natural, but it must be followed by feeding your baby with ORS, and other fluids. Follow the instructions of your doctor about the fluid replacement.

Seek Medical help

Dehydration is not something that can be taken lightly. It can be fatal, especially in newborns. Identify the symptoms as soon as possible and work on the fluid replacement. If diarrhea and vomiting don’t cease, seek medical help immediately. They can be signs of viral infection! Also, don’t use any antidiarrheals or antiemetic by yourself without consulting doctor first, these medications can only worsen the conditions and protract the infection.

Newborns are sensitive. Treat them with care and the early you take action on any health issues, the better chance you have to cure it quickly. Also, if you’re breastfeeding your child, you’ll need to be extra careful about your diet and health issues. Prevention is better than cure, people.

About the author:

Aradhana is a writer from India. She covers topics concerning parenting, child nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. She has more than 150+ publications from reputable sites like Mom Junction, Huffington Post and Lifehacker to her credit. Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.


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  1. Newborns can be very sensitive. In addition to dehydration, in very dry climates, and often in winter when the air is much drier, the dry air can cause breathing difficulties and skin issues for babies. If this is the case, then parents may want to consider using a humidifier to increase the humidity in their baby’s room.