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Excessive Dehydration Can Lead To Serious Health ProblemsEven mild dehydration can cause issues such as headaches, irritability, poorer physical performance, and reduced cognitive functioning
Pay extra close attention when you or someone in your care is at a higher risk of dehydration. Kids who are sick may be prone to overexertion from outdoor activities or playing sports. When your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to function properly, it can lead to blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal complications.
That’s why it’s important to catch the signs of dehydration early and seek medical attention as quickly as possible
Immediate Treatment for Dehydration
Hospitality Health ER has provided emergency care to Tyler and Longview patients who were dehydrated from overexertion, exposure to heat, and persistent vomiting or diarrhea. No matter which of these ailments you may be suffering, our knowledgeable caring team will see you immediately and work fast to get you back on your feet.
And with pediatric-trained doctors and nurses on staffff, we know how to address sick babies and children who refuse to drink because they aren’t feeling well.
We provide IV fluid treatment to replenish bodily fluids, and medications to get patients well enough to eat and drink again. We also have an in-house laboratory to run tests and ensure your electrolytes are in balance.
Tips on Staying Hydrated
Keeping your body fully hydrated is also essential for blood flow,heart health, and blood pressure. Additionally, drinking water helps speed up our metabolism.
• Drink two 8-ounce glasses of wate before breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This also may prompt you to eat less.
• Sip water throughout the day to combat thirst, especially if you have an active lifestyle.
• Eat a balanced die with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Dry skin
- Tenting of skin
- Dry lips
- Sunken eyes
- Decreased urinary output
- Fast heart rate
- Heat exposure
- Too much exercise, or work-related activity
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination due to infection
- Diseases such as diabetes
- An inability to secure appropriate water and food for one’s self (ex. infant, disabled person, elderly)
- An impaired ability to drink (congested baby)
- No access to safe drinking water
- Significant injuries to skin, such as burns or mouth sores, severe skin diseases, or infections (water is lost through the damaged skin)
The average human body is 60 percent water. Your body uses this water to perform a variety of functions. Your body uses water to regulate body temperature, protect organs, flush out waste, lubricate joints, carry nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and dissolve minerals and nutrients. Without enough fluids, your body will be unable to function properly. Dehydration can present long term health conditions that many people don’t know about.Dehydration has been correlated to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer, among many others. Low levels of electrolytes and sodium may also lead to cognitive changes.
Sick Kids You can prevent dehydration in your kids by making sure they drink plenty of fluids when they’re sick, playing sports, or are physically active in general. For sick children, you may have to treat some of their other symptoms just so they can eat or drink. For example, if your child is congested or has a sore throat that is making it difficult to swallow, you can give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen medicine drops to help with the pain. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can also help control the fever. If your child is vomiting, sweating excessively, or has diarrhea— you need to make sure they continue to drink fluids throughout the day. They should consume more fluids than they lose. Cold drinks or popsicles can also help replenish your child while soothing a sore throat. Sports drinks with electrolytes are good for kids to get their electrolytes back in balance, but you also want to ensure they don’t consume too much electrolytes. Active Kids Teach your kids not to wait until they’re thirsty to drink. Thirst is not a good early sign of dehydration. By the time a child feels thirsty, he or she may already be dehydrated. Your kids should start drinking before they get thirsty and continue drinking even after thirst is quenched. Especially for kids who are active in sports and the outdoors, make sure they are drinking fluids particularly in hot weather. Before their practice or game begins, have them drink some fluids (but not too much, as that may cause side cramping). Encourage them to drink about every 20 minutes throughout their practice or game. Their coach should provide them with intermittent water breaks until the activity ends. And if you live in hot weather cities like Tyler and Longview, we recommend scheduling early morning practices when temperatures are milder. Water is generally the best way to replace lost fluids, according to the Mayo Clinic. But sports drinks may provide more benefits if your kids are active for more than 60 minutes. Sports drinks can help maintain their body’s electrolyte balance and provide more energy because they contain carbohydrates.
Severe dehydration can be life threatening, especially in children and elderly individuals. If you witness any of the following symptoms, go to the emergency room immediately:
- Extreme thirst
- Extremely dry mouth, skin, and mucous membranes
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- Little to no urination (for about 12 hours)
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