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Dehydration happens when you lose fluids either when you are sick and vomiting or have diarrhea, or when you are in the sun too much without getting enough to drink. It can happen fast especially to little kids and to elderly people. It can happen to anyone when we get busy in the sun and forget to drink enough liquids. It can happen more easily in areas where there is low humidity like the desert or in the mountains where our sweat evaporates more quickly.
Here are some tips to keep from becoming dehydrated:
- When it is hot, remember to drink a lot but avoid things that contain caffeine (tea, coffee, and colas) and alcohol. Water, milk, juice and Gatorade are good choices.
- If you are thirsty, your baby is most likely thirsty too. Remember to offer your baby water or juice often on hot days.
- Remind other friends to drink often, too, especially when you are out in the sun together.
- Take breaks from activities in the sun and sit in the shade for awhile.
- Wear that “cool” hat!
Know the signs of dehydration. They are: getting dizzy or weak, having a dry mouth or cracked lips, having really dark urine and not urinating very often, and getting sleepier than usual. Babies may cry without tears if they are becoming dehydrated.
If you see the signs of dehydration in yourself or someone you are with, get help from a healthcare provider right away.