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Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in. If it isn't treated it can get worse and become a serious problem.

Babies, children and the elderly are more at risk of dehydration.


Check if you're dehydrated

Symptoms of dehydration in adults and children include:

  • feeling thirsty
  • dark yellow and strong smelling pee
  • feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • feeling tired
  • dry mouth, lips and eyes
  • peeing little, and fewer than 4 times a day

Dehydration can happen more easily if you have:

  • diabetes
  • vomiting or diarrhoea
  • been in the sun too long (heatstroke)
  • drunk too much alcohol
  • sweated too much after exercising
  • a high temperature of 38C or more
  • been taking medicines that make you pee more (diuretics)

How you can reduce the risk of dehydration

How to prevent dehydration
Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in. If it isn’t treated it can get worse and become a serious problem. This video shows how you can reduce the risk of dehydration. For more information on dehydration visit https://beta.nhs

Media last reviewed: 18 Jul 2017

Media review due: 18 Jul 2020

Drink fluids when you feel any dehydration symptoms. Keep taking small sips and gradually drink more if you can.

You can use a spoon to make it easier for your child to swallow the fluids.

You should drink enough during the day so that your pee is a pale clear colour.

Drink when there is a higher risk of dehydrating. For example, if you’re vomiting, sweating or you have diarrhoea.

Carers: making sure someone drinks enough

Sometimes people you care for don't have a sense of how much they're drinking.

To help them:

  • make sure they drink during mealtimes
  • make drinking a social thing, like "having a cup of tea"
  • offer them food with a high water content – for example, soups, ice cream or jellies, or fruits like melon

A pharmacist can help with dehydration

If you're being sick or have diarrhoea and are losing too much fluid, you need to put back the sugar, salts and minerals that your body has lost.

Your pharmacist can recommend oral rehydration sachets. These are powders that you mix with water and then drink.

Ask your pharmacist which ones are right for you or your child.



https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dehydration/ ;

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Comment by Lady Shadow☽☮☾ on July 1, 2018 at 7:06pm

Karen awesome thanks! ps anyone else noticing it takes    lil bit to post replies LOL

Comment by Linda M. on July 1, 2018 at 5:13pm

Good to know, thanks Karen.

Comment by Karen Black on July 1, 2018 at 4:09pm

Another way to replace lost salts and minerals is to mix ordinary flat cola with cold water in a 50/50 ratio (half a glass of flat cola with half a glass of cold water) and drink it. It has to be ordinary cola because the others, such as zero Coke etc. do NOT work. This is suitable for both adults and children.

Comment by Linda M. on June 30, 2018 at 9:29pm

I told him he should have kept his shirt on...he took it off for about 10 minutes and realized the mistake.  I told hm to take a lesson from the arab countries, they wear long flowing cotton.

Comment by Linda M. on June 30, 2018 at 9:28pm

the bedrooms have ac, but this is an old mobile home, the breaker box kept going off.  We finally figured out the kids cranked theirs on high.

Comment by Lady Shadow☽☮☾ on June 30, 2018 at 9:23pm

I hope he is ok Linda   this I dont always think of and so easyas it is way too hot. thank goddess we have air woowoo

Comment by Linda M. on June 30, 2018 at 9:13pm

Yes, and my son went and tried to cut 2 face cord today.

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