You must be so worried! It is not easy to watch our little ones get sick!
The kellymom link that Jolie posted lists the signs to watch for dehydration:
# fewer than 2 wet diapers in a 24-hour period
# baby not behaving normally (more irritable, less active, sleeping more)
# weak cry
# no tears (in an infant older than 3 months)
# dry mouth
# skin that stays wrinkly-looking when pinched (pull up the skin on the front of the hand; it should pop easily back into place - not stay pinched or wrinkly-looking)
# eyes that look sunken
# cool, clammy extremities, especially the fingers and toes
# fast breathing, or a heart that is beating faster than usual
Also, if you scroll up from that link (or go here) there is information with some ideas about when a baby refuses to nurse while sick.
* feed baby expressed milk from a cup, dropper, spoon or syringe
* try momsicles, or freeze your milk until it's slushy and let baby eat it with a spoon
* for older babies (over six months) who are eating solids: if baby will take solids but not nurse, add lots of breastmilk to the solids.
No matter what the cause, when they refuse to nurse, it is upsetting for everyone. The baby may be difficult to calm and unhappy. You might feel frustrated and upset and worry that your baby is rejecting you.
While you are trying to persuade your baby back to the breast, you'll want to make sure that you keep yourself comfortable. Ideally, you would pump about as often as your baby had been nursing, if she is indeed not taking the breast at all for several days.
Try to keep in mind, this could all be over in a day or two. Take it one hour at a time.
The following time tested suggestions have helped many mothers overcome a nursing strike:
* Try nursing when the baby is asleep or very sleepy.
* Vary nursing positions.
* Nurse when in motion.
* Give the baby extra attention and skin to skin contact.
* Hold the baby in a sling or baby carrier between attempts to nurse.
* Take a bath together.
* Sleep together, giving baby easy access to the breast while sleeping.
Please keep us posted, OK?