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Smarter Health: Dehydration 101

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We read about it all of the time during the summer months, when the temperature is spiking in the 90s and we're outside in the heat -- how to be careful to not get dehydrated. Now that the crisp Fall breezes are here, we may not be as conscious of drinking those liquids...but it is still important. Especially as we layer on sweaters and run around outside, our bodies still sweat, and those liquids need to be replaced.

Sure, being thirsty is a huge clue that you need to drink some fluids, but even then, they say you are well on your way to mild dehydration. What are the other signs?  Definitely feeling tired and fatigued, as well as slight dizziness and light-headedness.

For kids, it is a whole different ball game -- they aren't readily going to take inventory of their thirst level...and if they are uber-little ones, then they can't tell you they want some more juice or water. Look for not as many wet diapers, sunken eyes, few tears when crying, as well as being really cranky and grumpy when they usually aren't. And of course, dizziness and being lethargic are biggies, too. Getting kids to drink water is sometimes tough, so if you are desperate, try giving them a Popsicle, which is mostly water.

Have you dealt with dehydration? How do you remember to drink water -- or have your kids drink a glass?


by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM
We are huge water drinkers so no dehydration for our house.
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by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I haven't. I drink enough drinks...I drink water if I am hot.

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 4:37 PM

 I haven't dealt with dehydration since basic training.  We usually drink mainly water.  The kiddos are pretty good about it.

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM

 Living in a hot climate, we're conscious of making sure we get enough water.

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

 The only time I became dehydrated was when I was pregnant and kept throwing up everything I ate or drank. Had to stay in hospital for a couple of days one time, then take medication to help later. And popsicles were a big help as well.

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM
Only been dehydrated when sick, it's no fun
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by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 5:43 PM

 i always forget to drink water :(

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I remember to drink my water in the warmer months, but it's hard to remember when the weather gets cooler.  I have some reusable water bottles that I keep with me and try to remember to drink 3 of them.

My son is thirsty often and likes water, so it's not an issue with him.

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 8:26 PM

This is why I let all my students have water bottles at their desks. 

Research shows can't learn when they're dehydrated. 

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I chase my kids around with water in the summer lol. Luckily, they love drinking it. I also try to make sure they drink it a few times a day, especially if they are sick. I really stink at remembering to drink it. I will feel like crap and then realize I haven't had any all day. I always feel better after I drink a few glasses. I need to try to drink it throughout the day instead of randomly having a  few glasses when I feel blah.

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