Identifying and Preventing Dehydration
Summertime is in full swing here in Florida, which means warmer weather, more sunshine, and an increased chance of becoming dehydrated. Fortunately— it’s completely preventable. Read on to learn how you can keep your water levels regular and beat the summer heat.
Signs of Dehydration
Dehydration is a condition that happens when your body is losing more fluid than you are taking in. When you lose this much fluid, it hinders your body’s ability to function properly. When it comes to identifying signs of dehydration, they actually manifest differently in children and adults.
Symptoms of dehydration in adults typically include:
- Extreme thirst
- Urinating less frequently
- Dark or amber-colored urine
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Dry skin
Small children and babies are actually more likely to become dehydrated because they cry, pee, and have diarrhea more frequently than adults.
Symptoms of dehydration in children and infants typically include:
- Dry or sticky mouth and tongue
- No tears when crying
- No wet diapers for 3 or more ours
- Eyes that appear sunken
- Soft spot on the top of the head appears sunken
- Increased irritability
- Lethargy or tiredness
- High fever
How to Stay Hydrated During the Summer
While each person’s hydration needs are different, there are some steps you can take to stay adequately hydrated to prevent the above symptoms. Follow these tips to help you get enough water in your day and prevent fluid loss:
- Drink eight 8-ounce cups of water throughout the day.
- If you’re exercising, sports drinks can help to replenish liquids and sodium.
- Avoid high-sugar drinks and foods.
- Avoid coffee, soda, and other caffeinated beverages.
- Be sure to drink more fluids if you’re feeling under the weather.
While it may be difficult to get children to drink water, fortunately, there are plenty of summertime fruits and veggies that are high in water content. Try introducing some of these high-water snacks to keep your little one adequately hydrated:
Primary Care in Titusville
When it comes to supporting your health, it is important to find a family care doctor you can trust. The family doctors at Parrish Medical Group Family Medicine treat patients throughout all stages of your life, providing you with the insight, resources, and preventative care you need to live happily and healthily.
Whether you’re in need of a regular check-up or you have a health concern, contact Parrish Medical Group Family Medicine
at 321-268-6111 to schedule your next visit.