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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 Ruby Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

drinking water is never an issue for me. The kids don't probably drink as much as they should, but I try to get them to. The worst time is when they are sick, then I watych them very closely

by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I only had issues when I was pregnant with my first and sick  as a dog

by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I was told by a doctor to drink pickle juice to help with hydration

by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I'll start to feel very ill if I get dehydrated.  I'm trying to be much better at staying hydrated.

by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:20 PM

I got dehydrated when I was pregnant once which totally sucked but that was more due to me being pregnant and the heat.

We drink water all the time and surprisingly enough the boys have no problems what so ever drinking it either.

by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:57 PM

i'm bad at remembering to drink water

by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:39 AM
We drink water all day here. I drink it more so now especially since I'm breastfeeding. I'm getting more thirsty. I use a reusable cup with a straw which helps me to drink lots of water.
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by CeeCee on Oct. 9, 2012 at 7:17 AM

I drink water all day until dinner

by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 7:19 AM

 I drink a lot of water and the kiddo does as well. We live in florida, so it's automatic, don't have to try to remember.

by Ruby Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 8:52 PM

 My kids like water bottles so thy drink water a lot.

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