When a body has less fluid than it should for proper and healthy functioning, it is dehydrated.

What is Dehydration? A Guide for Parents and Adults

Dehydration means the body lacks enough fluids to function correctly. It's common in kids, but adults can experience it too. Causes vary, and it can become serious if untreated. Know how to spot the signs!

What Causes Dehydration (Kids & Adults)

Both children and adults can get dehydrated from:

  • Illnesses: Diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating (from fever or hot weather), frequent urination.
  • Medical Conditions: Like uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Reduced Intake: Illness, lack of thirst, etc. can make people of all ages drink less.

Dehydration Symptoms: What to Watch For

Adults and children often share signs of dehydration:

  • Dryness: Dry mouth/tongue, few or no tears when crying, sunken eyes
  • Decreased Urination: Infrequent bathroom trips, dark urine, dry diapers (in babies)
  • Fatigue, Crankiness: Feeling unusually tired or fussy (especially in children)

Important: Kids might not express how they feel, so it's crucial for adults to recognize these signs.

How is Dehydration Treated?

  • Urgent Care Visit: If you suspect dehydration, Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care can help. Tests diagnose the problem and its severity.
  • Rehydration: Key focus is replacing fluids and electrolytes. Mild cases often use oral solutions like Pedialyte®. Severe cases may need IV fluids.
  • Treating the Cause: Doctors address underlying illnesses causing the dehydration.

Don't Delay Care: Dehydration Can Be Serious

If you or your child show signs, seek help quickly.

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