Dehydration

What is dehydration?
Dehydration is the loss of water and salts essential for normal body function. It occurs when one uses or loses more fluid than one takes in. If he or she doesn’t replace lost fluids, he or she will get dehydrated.

 

 

What are the signs and symptoms of dehydration?

  • thirst
  • headaches
  • loss of appetite
  • not much urine volume
  • confusion
  • unexplained tiredness
  • purple fingernails
  • general discomfort

 

What are the causes of dehydration?

  • not enough drinking of water
  • diarrhea, vomiting
  • fever
  • excessive sweating
  • increased urination

 

How to treat dehydration?

  • children with mild or moderate dehydration
    over-the-counter oral rehydration solution
  • adults with mild or moderate dehydration
    drinking more water or other liquids
  • children or adults who are severely dehydrated
    treated by emergency personnel
    salts and fluids delivered through a vein

 

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