DateFebruary 26, 2014
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Common Causes of Dehydration in Children

One of the greatest joys in life for most parents is watching your kid play – building sand castles on the beach, having tea parties, playing cowboys with their friends; it’s all a part of growing up, and creating lasting bonds and memories with others. Likewise, one of the worst feelings, as a parent, is when your child is sick – especially with something as common, and yet frightening, as dehydration.

The question is: how do you fight dehydration when faced with it in your child? At Leolyte, we understand that it can be an intimidating predicament – but all is not lost, especially when you really understand what dehydration is.

How To Fight Dehydration

Dehydration is a common cause of illness, but it is also a symptom. As adults, we probably all, at some point, understood the pain of dehydration, either through exercise or becoming sick. Imagine how awful childrens’ tiny bodies must feel when they have to go through it. That’s why Leolyte is specially formulated to fight dehydration in children, whether it’s from sickness or sports.

But what exactly is dehydration, and how do you figure out that your child is a victim of it? Let us define it for you: dehydration is a loss of fluid and electrolytes due to vomiting and/or diarrhea. Let’s face it – it’s not a pretty picture. But what’s even uglier is the feeling of depleting bodily fluids. Dehydration occurs when the body loses fluids faster than it can replace them. When this happens, so does severe dehydration – and it can even be life-threatening.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Symptoms of dehydration may not immediately be apparent in your child, so it’s important to be prudent in attending to your child’s needs during their time of illness. If you see any of the following signs, you should call your doctor immediately:

  • Few or no tears when your child cries

  • Infrequent urination or less wet diapers

  • Sunken eyes

  • Dry or sticky tongue/mouth

  • More crying or fussiness than usual

  • More sleepy/strange behavior

  • Increased thirst

  • Low blood pressure

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Fever

  • Delirium or unconsciousness

  • Shriveled/dry skin

  • In infants, sunken frontlets that do not bounce back after you gently pinch them

  • Constipation

It may seem strange that constipation is a sign of dehydration, but it actually makes sense. The intestinal tract can lose water when liquefying and breaking down food, so nutritional elements can be distracted. The body can reabsorb the water, depending on its needs. As the body becomes more dehydrated, it slows down the waste passing through the lower intestine so it can extract additional water. This is the primary cause of constipation, which can become chronic and lead to serious diseases, in a worst case scenario.

Why Kids Love Leolyte

Leolyte can help aid in the recovery process after you discover your child is suffering from dehydration. Our products act fast, come in many different flavors for your kids’ taste buds, and are pediatrician-and-parent-approved. We make getting healthy fun, fast, and your child want to reach for a tasty, good-for-them bottle of Leolyte, instead of a sugary “juice” drink or soda, which, as we all know, can be tempting for kids. Kids can also get bored of sipping on water while ill – Leolyte provides a fun alternative.

Good Parents Choose Leolyte

All the symptoms of dehydration are important to recognize in children – their tiny bodies aren’t used to fighting off infection like adult bodies are, so these symptoms can be twice as dangerous. But with watchful, caring parents on hand, your child is sure to get over their illness fast and get back to playing in that sandbox and creating beautiful, imaginary worlds in no time.

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