Severe dehydrationIf you don’t do something about your dehydration, you develop severe symptoms. Here are some of the more troublesome signs of dehydration:
- Sunken eyes
- Irritability and confusion
- Low blood pressure
- Little or no urination
- No tears when crying
- Rapid heartbeat
- Your skin doesn’t bounce back when you pinch it
Dehydration in infantsThe signs of dehydration we explained are mild symptoms in adults. But infants are vulnerable to dehydration as well. And it’s even more challenging, as they need immediate attention. Here are some symptoms of dehydration in infants:
- Few wet diapers
- Fast breathing
- No tears when the baby cries
- Sunken soft spot on their head
How to check whether you’re dehydratedIn addition to watching for early signs of dehydration, there are two simple methods you can use to check for dehydration.
The first one is the skin test. Grab a roll of skin on the back of your hand (use two fingers for this). The area you’re targeting is between your fingers and your watch. Pull the skin up, and then let it go—your skin should spring back to the normal position in just a second. If your skin bounces back slowly, you’re dehydrated.
The second test is the urine test. When you have the right amount of fluids, your urine is mostly clear. However, when you take a pee, and your urine is a chardonnay, orange, or yellow color, your body is sending you a warning sign. The early sign is a yellow color, while orange is a sign of severe dehydration.
Should you seek medical care?In most cases, you can easily take care of dehydration by drinking water and taking some electrolytes. However, there are situations for which you need medical care. If you notice/experience any of the following symptoms, check with your doctor:
- Fever over 101oF
- Constant vomiting that lasts for more than a day
- Diarrhea that lasts for more than two days
- Chest or abdominal pain
- No urine in the last 12 hours
- Fainting and difficulty breathing
How to stay hydratedThe best way to prevent dehydration is to stay hydrated. And that’s an easy task to accomplish. I always believe in the premise that it is better to prevent something than cure to it. So, I would like to share some tips and tricks to stay hydrated.
What about sports drinks?One of the most marketed products nowadays is sports drinks. The premise is that sports drinks keep you hydrated. Well, that’s a lot of nonsense. Mainstream media will not tell you, but sports drinks are rich in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This common sweetener is almost as dangerous as table sugar, and their chemical composure is almost the same. In addition to keeping you dehydrated, HFCS has an erosive effect on your teeth.
Therefore, I recommend that you stay away from sports drinks. Sodas, commercial fruit juices, and all other beverages that contain sweeteners are also a no-no.