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Baby's Dry Lips = Dehydrated? tatafornow 1 child; Indiana 1112 posts
10th Jun '08

The doctor told me that if the inside of a baby's mouth was dry.. particularly the lips.. then the baby was dehydrated. Like.. if I pull down the baby's lips and touch it.. it's pretty dry and she's not salivating too much.



Maybe it's because the air conditioning (which is always on 85) is making her mouth and throat too dry?



Should I just give her some milk? Or what can I do to wet her up?

Baby Mutilator 18 kids; Modesto, California 13001 posts
10th Jun '08

I didn't know that! hmm...I'd say feed her more...ya know I really dont have a clue...I;d probably just feed her more

user banned 1 child; Texas 9509 posts
10th Jun '08
Quoting mama jen:
Elle's Mommy 1 child; Champaign, Illinois 5 posts
10th Jun '08

I would definitely make sure she is getting enough milk and make the house a bit cooler. I believe that infants are supposed to be in temps around 72 degrees. Hope that helps.

user banned 1 child; Texas 9509 posts
10th Jun '08

edit: dont use tap water...use either bottled water or they have "Nursery Water" at grocery stores for those parents that are a bit pickier :)

tatafornow 1 child; Indiana 1112 posts
10th Jun '08

So I should have the apartment cooler? My mom freaks out and keeps the apartment at 90.. IT'S SO HOT OUT!!!

the asari Due November 17; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Utah 2936 posts
10th Jun '08
Quoting mama jen:
Baby Mutilator 18 kids; Modesto, California 13001 posts
10th Jun '08
Quoting mama jen:
tatafornow 1 child; Indiana 1112 posts
10th Jun '08

I should definitely get a humidifier.. she gets that slimy milk layer on her outer lip. I try to wet her mouth a bit with water.. then my mom freaked out saying that it'll make her diarrhea.



So.. should the baby be bundled up in a cool room? Or is keeping her too warm a bad thing, too?

the asari Due November 17; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Utah 2936 posts
10th Jun '08

I think 85 F is too hot for a baby, just make her wear just a one layer of clothing, it's really uncomfortable if it gets too hot and she's sweating. Just make her feel cool not too cold though. You can use a blanket if she still feels cold. If not, try to talk to your pediatrician about your baby. :wink:

Baby Mutilator 18 kids; Modesto, California 13001 posts
10th Jun '08
Quoting mama jen:
tatafornow 1 child; Indiana 1112 posts
10th Jun '08

Thanks, mommas. It's so wonderfully precious to have a little person completely dependent on you, but MAN IT'S SO HARD!!! Hahah..

Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxy Due September 9 (boy); 1 child; Zimbabwe 42927 posts
10th Jun '08

no bundling...



You can tell if she is hot or cold by checking her neck, (Not arms or legs that's not a good indication)



Keep it MUCH cooler, Like around 70ish.. My doctor said we could keep it between 68-72! To help decrease sids. He also said No hats after 2 weeks, unless it was actually cold. Expecially No hats for sleeping after 2 weeks..

Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxy Due September 9 (boy); 1 child; Zimbabwe 42927 posts
10th Jun '08

High Room Temperature and Overwrapping
Overheating is believed to play a role in SIDS (Wells 1997). High room temperature and overwrapping of the baby can cause an increased risk of death, since toxic gas generation is greatly increased when the temperature of the bedding is raised. A five or six degree Fahrenheit climb in temperature of the mattress and bedding can make the fungi more active and thus increase gas generation about 10-20 times (Richardson 1991). High room temperature, an overload of blankets, or overdressing babies can cause them to receive higher doses of the gases.



Source http://www.healthychild.com/SIDS-crib-death-factors.htm