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Keeping your little one safe and with good health is a big part of your parenting duty (and not the easiest part, either!).

Health & Safety: Spotting and Preventing Dehydration in Babies

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How Much Fluids Infants Need

Until the baby is about 5 or 6 months old (when he begins eating solid foods), your little one gets all the liquids (and nutrients) he needs just from breast milk or formula. That means there is no need to give him water or juice just to keep him hydrated, even if it is hot outside.

Once the baby has started solids, small amounts of liquids will start to come from other sources, like juice and juicy fruits and vegetables, and, of course, from sips of water. As the amount of formula or breast milk your tiny tot takes begins to decrease, it is important to be sure that baby’s total liquid intake does not. And in hot weather fluid intake should grow, so offer more water and fruit and vegetable juices with water when temperatures rise — which means it is of particular importance to take a lot of fluids with you on any outings.

Treatment for Dehydration in Babies

Even if your breastfed or formula-fed infant is throwing up or has diarrhea, continue to offer breastmilk or formula regularly — at least as often as typical, if not more.

For older infants who have started solids, water or watered down white grape juice (a better option than apple juice, which you should most likely stop altogether anyway if your child has diarrhea) may be sufficient in mild cases. If there is a substantial fluid loss, especially if the infant has a combination of diarrhea and vomiting, your baby’s pediatrician may also recommend offering older babies fluids for electrolyte replacement to replace potassium and sodium lost in diarrhea and small amounts of water. Make sure you follow your pediatrician’s advice about how and when to give these.

9 Typical Teething Symptoms

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Your baby is not likely to understand why he feels so achy, why his chin is so itchy, or why he keeps waking up in the night with soreness in his mouth. How do you know if your little one is teething? Here are top teething indications to keep an eye out for:

Drooling. 

It is hard to believe so much liquid can come from the mouths of tiny babies, but teething raises levels of drooling, and the waterworks are on for many infants starting from about ten weeks to three months of age. If you find that your little one’s shirts are constantly mushy, fasten on a bib to keep him more comfortable (and cleaner), and throughout the day gently wipe his chin to stave off chapping.

The 7 Best Teething Remedies

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While you cannot take on your little one’s teething discomfort, you can help get it away with these mum-tested remedies:

Chewing.

Teething infants love to chew, and for a good reason: The gumming action gives counterpressure, which relieves the aching pressure of brand-new pearly whites pushing up and out into your infant’s mouth. Bumpy rubber teething rattles, rings, and other teething toys work well (including — your tiny tot has most likely figured out — the plastic bumper on the crib rail). Chewing is even more efficient when the item is cold and numbs the gums. Place a supply of teething toys in the fridge, rather than the freezer — freezing comfort can hurt sensitive gums exactly as much as an erupting tooth does.

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