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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 8:32 PM

 I have never dealt with dehydration.

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Nope have never delt with it.

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Yes we have dealt with dehydration and we dont eant to deal with it again.
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by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 7:19 AM
My dd is pretty good about drinking water
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by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 7:24 AM

I almost never drink water I am very bad about it and get dehydrated a lot

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I'm pretty good about drinking water, but I have to remind my daughter to do so all of the time!

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

 My dh got dehydrated earlier this year and went into kidney failure and almost died.Now he makes sure he drinks plenty of water

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I have to stress to my kids to drink water, they drink everything else, but not enough water.  I don't drink enough water like I should.

by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Never had a problem with dehydration.

by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

 I always have a glass of water available for DD

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