Preventing Dehydration



Summer is finally here! As the temperature rises, we tend to spend more time outdoors. Whether it is swimming at the beach, hiking, having a cook out or simply taking a walk, it is important to be aware of health factors influenced by the sun and high temperatures. 


          One of the main factors of hot weather is dehydration. Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don't replace lost fluids, you may get dehydrated.




Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:


·         Dry, sticky mouth


·         Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual


·         Thirst


·         Few or no tears when crying


·         Dry skin


·         Headache


·         Constipation


·         Dizziness or lightheadedness


Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:


·         Extreme thirst


·         Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults


·         Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes


·         Lack of sweating


·         Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be dark yellow or amber


·         Sunken eyes


·         Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn't "bounce back" when pinched into a fold


·         Low blood pressure


·         Rapid heartbeat


·         Rapid breathing


·         No tears when crying


·         Fever




If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stay away from the sun and hydrate as much as possible. However, if the symptoms worsen, call your doctor or visit the nearest ER. Complications with dehydration can lead to serious health issues.




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  1. Jennifer D. says:

    Dehydration is very common during the summertime. I never thought it could lead to other serious health problems.

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