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Journal of Case Reports
A Neonate with Hypernatremic Dehydration
Param Harsh1, Amit Devgan2 
Department of Pediatrics, 1151 Base Hospital, Guwahati – 781029; 2Command Hospital (EC), Kolkata – 700027, India.
Corresponding Author:
Dr Param Harsh 
Email: mahajan_4952@yahoo.co.in 

Received: 10-JAN-2018 Accepted: 19-MAR-2018 Published Online: 25-MAR-2018
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17659/01.2018.0021
Background: Hyper-natremic dehydration is a rare clinical entity usually encountered in breast fed neonates. Early post-partum discharge with lack of knowledge about techniques and adequacy of breast feeding in mothers has been implicated as a major risk factor. Case Report: We report a case of a 13 days old exclusively breast fed neonate who presented with weight loss, dehydration, poor feeding, lethargy and decrease urine output. Child was managed with intravenous fluids and breastfeeding counseling. Conclusion: There is an urgent need to foster a greater awareness of this problem among lactating mothers and health care professionals to prevent disastrous complications. 

Keywords : Breastfeeding, Dehydration, Infant, Lactation, Postpartum Period.
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