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What are the symptoms of dehydration in children?

  • No tears when the child cries
  • Sunken soft spot on the top of the head in babies (called the fontanelle)
  • Decreased frequency of urination or dry nappies
  • Sunken eyes
  • Refusal to eat or drink
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Dry or sticky mucous membranes (the lining of the mouth or tongue)
  • Lethargy (less activity than normal)
  • Irritability (more crying, fussiness)

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