Courtesy Recover Health, Linn County LIVING WELL Magazine
Now that summer is upon us, Recover Health would like to remind everyone about the dangers of dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the body loses more liquid than it takes in. Effects of dehydration can be minor in nature, such as lethargy and dry mouth, to more severe, such as vomiting.
Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration can include:
- dry\sticky mouth\thirst
- sleepiness or tiredness
- a decrease in urine output
- few or no tears
- dry skin
- dizziness or lightheadedness
Symptoms of severe dehydration can include:
- extreme thirst, very dry mouth
- irritability, confusion or delirium
- fatigue or unconsciousness,
- lack of sweating,
- little or no urination that is dark yellow or amber in color
- sunken eyes
- dry skin that lacks elasticity
- low blood pressure
- rapid heartbeat or breathing
- inability to retain fluids, i.e., diarrhea or vomiting
These symptoms indicate a medical emergency and you should seek immediate medical attention.
Older adults and children are especially at risk when dehydration occurs. Call your family doctor right away if your loved one develops symptoms of dehydration
You can help prevent dehydration from becoming severe by carefully monitoring someone who is sick and giving fluids, such as an oral rehydration solution like Pedialyte at the first sign of diarrhea, vomiting or fever. Also, encourage them to drink plenty of water before, during and after activity.
To combat dehydration this summer, remember to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Caffeinated drinks will increase urine output, and alcohol prevents the absorption of fluids. Both should be avoided when dehydrated. If serious issues do arise, contact your medical provider. Stay healthy and enjoy your summer!
Recover Health offers a broad range of services that affords individuals the opportunity to remain at home and live as independently as possible. We provide care to children, adults, and seniors ranging from those who have complex medical or personal needs that require more sophisticated or intensive interventions to those who need general daily living assistance.
For more information contact Recover Health at 319-373-6294.