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Caring for Someone Sick at Home

Check for Fluid Loss

December 5, 2009, 6:00 AM ET

Use this list to check for dehydration:

  • Make sure babies have wet diapers. Check that wet diapers
    are as frequent and heavy as normal.crying baby
  • Look for tears when the baby or toddler is crying.
  • Check to see how wet the child’s mouth is. The inside of the mouth should be wet. Wash your hands after you do this.
  • Check to see that children, teens, and adults are making frequent trips to the bathroom to urinate.
  • Check the urine color. Clear or light yellow-colored urine means the person is getting enough fluid. Dark yellow urine signals the person is dehydrated.

 

 
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