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Dehydration


DEHYDRATION: DRINK WATER

Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. Dehydration can be caused by losing too much fluid, not drinking enough water or fluids, or both. Vomiting and diarrhea are common causes.

ARE YOU DEHYDRATED?

The simplest way to check for dehydration is to check urine color. It should be clear or very pale yellow. If it begins to darken in color, fluid intake should increase.

Dehydration is classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on how much of the body’s fluid is lost or not replenished.

 

 

 

Mild Dehydration: (increase fluid intake — and for babies, call a medical professional): Thirst, dry lips, dry mouth, flushed skin, headache and urine begins to darken in color, urine output decreases.

Moderate Dehydration: (increase fluid intake and call a medical professional): All of the signs of mild dehydration, plus: skin doesn’t bounce back quickly when pressed, very dry mouth, sunken eyes and severe headache

Severe Dehydration: (call a medical professional): All of the signs of mild and moderate dehydration, plus: blue lips, blotchy skin, confusion, breathing, rapid and weak pulse, low blood pressure, dizziness, high fever, inability to pee and disinterest in drinking fluid

The benefits of being well-hydrated:

Have you heard the saying that 8 glasses of water a day helps keep your skin healthy? It’s true, but there are other benefits to getting those 8 glasses or more are:

Boosts physical and mental endurance.

• Some studies show hydration can decrease the risk of kidney stones and lower the risk of certain cancers by helping the body to flush out toxins.

• Helps keep your digestive system working. Fluids soften the stools, making them easier to pass.

• Helps prevent urinary tract infections by helping to flush away bacteria.

• Helps keep your eyes and skin moist and healthy.


“Drinking fluids is usually sufficient for mild and moderate dehydration. It is better to have frequent, small amounts of fluid. Drinking too much fluid at once can bring on vomiting”

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