Dehydration occurs due to deficiency of water in our bodies. The human body contains approximately 75% of water, and without water, it can not survive.
Signs Of Dehydration
Thirst is not only a reliable early indicator of the body’s need for water. Many people, especially, older adults, don’t feel thirsty until they are already dehydrated. That is why it is important to increase water intake during hot weather or when you are ill.
The symptoms and signs of dehydration also may differ by age. Let’s check out the severe dehydration symptoms
Signs Of Dehydration In Kids
- No wet diapers for three hours
- Dry mouth and tongue
- No tears when crying
- Sunken soft spot on top of skull
- Sunken eyes, cheeks
- Listlessness or irritability
Symptoms Of Dehydration In Elderly
- Extreme thirst
- Less frequent urination
- Dark-colored urine
Causes Of Dehydration
Sometimes it happens for many different reasons: You do not drink enough because,
- You lack access to safe drinking water when you are traveling, camping or hiking,
- You are busy or sick.
Other causes include:
- Vomiting, Diarrhea.
- Excessive sweating.
- Increased urination.
Anyone can be the target of dehydration, but many people are at higher risk:
- Infants and children.
- Older adults.
- People with chronic illnesses.
- Individuals who work or exercise outside.
When To See A Doctor
- Can’t keep down fluids.
- Suffering from diarrhea for 24 hours or more than 24 hours.
- A person has had a black or bloody stool.
Is disoriented or irritable and or less active than usual or much sleepier
How Does It Affect The Body
- Dehydration can lead to severe complications, including:
- Heat injury.
- Urinary and kidney problems.
- Low blood volume shock (hypovolemic shock).