Dehydration in an Infant

Added March 2023

This discussion focuses on a 7 month old patient that presented with mild signs and symptoms. However, on closer questioning of the parents and following the initial examination, this led to a decision to direct the parents to the local hospital emergency department.

This case highlights that even apparently healthy infants can become very sick, very quickly. Prior to this incident, this child was a happy, healthy baby. Developmentally she was on track. She was rarely, if ever, unwell. She was also breastfed from both sides well, and produced wet and dirty nappies regularly.

This is certainly an interesting case study for you.