2018

Pediatric Dehydration and Suck, Swallow, and Breathe

Dehydration for babies and small children is one of the most common reasons for emergency care visits. It can happen with fluid loss from vomiting, sweating, and/or diarrhea. Rapid and heavy breathing due to a respiratory infection can also interfere with nursing or drinking. Signs of dehydration are dry oral mucous membranes and decreased skin turgor where pinched skin does not snap back to normal.

I believe many of these children may be predisposed to dehydration due to birth trauma restricting their craniosacral fascial system. At birth they may be unable to really suck, swallow, and breathe well, a skill needed for every newborn to thrive.

The Gillespie Approach needs to be done directly at birth. Continuous care on day one can allow the family to take home a baby who can breathe, nurse, digest, poop, and nap well. I believe that this approach would act as an effective preventative measure to greatly decrease the incidence of dehydration in babies and small children.

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