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Stay Hydrated This Summer

July 10, 2020 | Hayley Corso, ATC, PTA

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Many of us probably have plans to be outside in the beautiful weather. With temps forecasted in the high 80s and low 90s, it’s important to stay hydrated so you can continue to enjoy your fun summer plans.

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration is when you are losing more fluid than you are taking in. This leaves your body without enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. Dehydration is especially dangerous in young children and older adults.

Dehydration can be caused several factors including diarrhea, vomiting, fever, excessive sweating, and increased urination. It can also be caused by simple things such as forgetting to drink water when in the heat or when busy and lacking access to water when traveling, hiking, or camping.

You may think that thirst would be the best indication of dehydration but sometimes the feeling of thirst doesn’t set in until you’re already dehydrated. Other symptoms of dehydration vary by age:

Infants and young children:

  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • Crying without tears
  • No wet diapers for three hours
  • Sunken eyes and/or cheeks
  • Lethargy or irritability

Adults:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Less frequent urination
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

If you or a loved one have had diarrhea for 24 hours or more, are irritable or disoriented, are sleepier or less active than usual, can’t keep down fluids, or have bloody or black stool, it’s time to call the doctor because you could be significantly dehydrated and require immediate medical treatment.

Read the full article at NorwalkOhioNews.com.