The following table provides the assessment criteria for the severity of dehydration in infants.
|Signs||Severity - Mild||Severity - Moderate||Severity - Severe|
|General condition||Thirsty, restless, agitated||Thirsty, restless, irritable||Withdrawn, somnolent or comatose; rapid deep breathing|
|Pulse||Normal||Rapid, weak||Rapid, weak|
|Anterior fontanelle||Normal||Sunken||Very sunken|
|Mucous membranes||Slightly dry||Dry||Dry|
|Skin turgor||Normal||Decreased||Decreased with tenting|
|Urine||Normal||Reduced, concentrated||None for several hours|
|Weight loss||4-5%||6-9%||Greater than 10%|
Source: Health Information for International Travel. Chapter 8: Travelling Safely with Infants and Children. USA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Online) 2005 (Cited 2007 March 24).