Below are some of the signs of not getting enough water. Make sure children are drinking plenty. They tend to dehydrate quickly as do people who sweat a lot.
Signs of Mild to Moderate Dehydration
- chronic pains in muscles and joints
- lower back pain
- yellow or amber colored urine
- dry sticky mouth
- tiredness or sleepiness in children
- chapped lips **if fever blister develops, rubbing plain yogurt heals the lips
Signs of Extreme Dehydration
Requires Immediate Medical Attention!
- lack of sweating
- no urine output
- sunken eyes
- lack of elasticity in skin
- rapid heartbeat
“…Thirst isn’t always a reliable gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children and older adults. A better barometer is the color of your urine: clear or light-colored urine means you’re well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration” [Mayo Clinic].