The heat is on, and with higher temperatures comes a higher risk of dehydration. Of course, you already know that dehydration is what happens when you don’t drink enough water, or when something like the flu contributes to fluid loss in your body.

What you might not know, however, is that by the time you feel thirsty, you may already be dehydrated. Instead, keep an eye on these lesser known signs and symptoms of dehydration in children and adults.

Signs of Dehydration in Children

  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • Crying, but no tears
  • Dry diapers for over three hours
  • Sunken eyes and cheeks, as well as a sunken spot on the top of their skull
  • Listlessness, fatigue, irritability

How to prevent dehydration in children: Make sure you child has a filled kids water bottle on hand for when they’re playing outdoors. Encourage children to play in the shade or come inside for breaks frequently. If the heat index approaches dangerous temperatures, insist that the kids have an “indoor day.” Have children drink a full kids water bottle with meals and snacks. Finally, make sure you’re familiar with your child’s energy levels and general demeanor so it’ll be easier to tell when something is “off.”

Signs of Dehydration in Adults

  • Intense thirst
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Poor skin elasticity (skin that slowly sinks back to its normal position when pinched rather than snapping back quickly)

How to prevent dehydration in adults: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you’re active and outdoors for long periods of time. Get in the habit of drinking a full glass of water with each meal, and carry a big water bottle with you wherever you go, making it your goal to drink your body weight in ounces every day. Avoid alcohol, which can lead to dehydration. Plan meals filled with fruits and vegetables, which have high water content, and drink from a water bottle with fruit infuser to add flavor to your water.

With these tips in your back pocket and a reusable water bottle in your hands, you can enjoy all the summer weather has to offer without succumbing to dehydration! What are you looking forward to this summer?

 

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