MediLodge Shares Tips To Avoid Dehydration This Summer

dehydrationThe days are getting longer and hotter, which can only mean that summer is here! With so many opportunities for activities and time with family on the horizon, we would like to pass on a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your summertime fun. Let’s look at the quick facts about dehydration and how to keep safe this summer.

Dehydration can occur when a person is not drinking enough fluids or is losing too much, or a combination of these two. Young children and the elderly population are at high risk for dehydration, and it can be a life-threatening condition if the fluid loss is severe enough. There are many ways we lose fluids – exercise (through excessive sweating), running a fever, uncontrolled diabetes, using a diuretic, vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, a person may not drink enough due to nausea or an illness, or from difficulty with eating or drinking.

Symptoms of dehydration include dry or sticky mouth, feeling tired, reduced urine output, not being able to produce tears, sunken eyes, diarrhea and vomiting. When dehydration is found and treated quickly, the outcome is usually good. Drinking fluids is generally sufficient to address mild dehydration. However, it is better to drink small amounts of fluid often as forcing large amounts of fluid at one time can result in increased vomiting. Electrolyte solutions or freezer pops can be purchased at drugstores/ pharmacies and are a good solution to combat dehydration. However, sports drinks contain high levels of sugar which may cause or worsen diarrhea. If the dehydration is severe enough, intravenous fluids and a hospital stay may be needed. A medical professional should be consulted if you suspect dehydration or have any questions – we are here to help!

heart dripPrevention can be as simple as drinking plenty of fluids every day, especially when the weather is hot or you are exercising. Be sure to monitor someone closely who is ill, and call your health care provider if you believe the person is becoming dehydrated. Remember that fluid needs are greater with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, so encourage a person who is sick to drink fluids. Signs to monitor are increased urine output, saliva in the mouth, and tears when crying. Knowing the signs/symptoms of dehydration is excellent medicine in the prevention of this condition. If you or a loved one has questions or concerns, please contact your doctor or a medical professional.

by Joshua Beausoleil

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