Signs of Dehydration

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

  • thirst
  • chronic pains in muscles and joints
  • lower back pain
  • headaches
  • constipation
  • yellow or amber colored urine
  • dry sticky mouth
  • dizziness
  • 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!

  • confusion
  • lack of sweating
  • no urine output
  • sunken eyes
  • fever
  • 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].


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