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.
Symptoms of dehydration in adults and children include:
Dehydration can happen more easily if you have:
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.
Sometimes people you care for don't have a sense of how much they're drinking.
To help them:
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.