Whether your on the trails hiking the next big one, climbing to new heights, or having adventures with your little ones, proper hydration has a big role. Dehydration and the importance of avoiding it is a commonly discussed health topic, but the signs, symptoms, and causes of dehydration isn’t always talked about. Knowing the signs/symptoms of dehydration and the common causes may help you avoid the negative consequences dehydration can have on your body and your outdoor plans. Browse our blog by section when you click the links below:
Dehydration In Adults
Knowing the signs of dehydration in adults could help you be more aware on your next hiking trail, rock climbing outing, or play date to the park. Many people are often so focused on keeping their kids hydrated that they forget about themselves. Keep reading for signs and symptoms of dehydration in adults as well as the best way to rehydrate quickly.
- Signs Of Dehydration In Adults Can Include:
- Feelings of extreme thirst
- Urination that is not as frequent as usual
- Urine that is extremely dark in color
- Feelings of fatigue
- Noticeable dizziness
- Brain confusion
- Common Causes Of Dehydration In Adults:
- Excessive sweating
- Increased urination
Dehydration In Children
It’s recommended that children have 60 minutes or more of exercise a day. With that much physical activity, it’s important that your children are staying hydrated as well. It might not be realistic to put the pressure on yourself to make sure your child has absolute perfect hydration every day, life is busy and we understand that. However, knowing the signs of dehydration can help you catch a lapse in your child’s hydration early and empower you to help them fix it.
- Signs Of Dehydration In Children Can Include:
- Chapped or cracked lips
- Extreme fatigue/sleeping larger amounts than normal
- Skin that is really dry or cold
- Eyes that are sunken in the skull
- Dark-colored urine
- Over eight hours with minimal or no urination
- Inability to produce tears when crying
- Being more fussy or irritable than usual
- Rapid breathing or heart rate
- Common Causes Of Dehydration In Children Can Include:
- Extreme weather exposure
- Abundance of sweating
- Dehydration during an illness
- Illness–commonly diabetes or bowel issues
Dehydration In Babies
Whether it’s staying home with your new little one, or taking them out for their first hike, camping trip, or outdoor picnic, hydration is still a key part. Arm yourself with the knowledge of signs of dehydration in babies, as well as common causes so you can catch it early or avoid it altogether.
- Signs Of Dehydration In Babies Can Include:
- Dry mouth and/or tongue
- Inability to produce tears when crying
- They go more than 3 hours without wetting their diaper
- Their cheeks and eyes are sunken
- The soft spot on the top of their head sinks into the skull
- Common Causes Of Dehydration In Babies
- Symptoms of extreme hydration and vomiting
- Sweating more than usual
- Excessive frequent urination
How To Prevent And Overcome Dehydration
Now that we’ve discussed signs, symptoms, and causes of dehydration, let’s discuss how to prevent it and overcome it. Whether you’ll be on the trail, at the park, or playing at home here are some tips and tricks to try to avoid and overcome dehydration.
- Common Ways To Prevent Dehydration Can Include:
- Increased water intake before, during, and after intense exercise
- Increased fluid intake if symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea are being experienced
- Increased fluid intake if you’re experiencing weather extremes, hotter or colder weather than your body is normally used to
- Increased fluid intake if you’re fighting off an illness or you feel like you’re beginning to get sick
- Common Ways To Overcome Dehydration:
- For adults increase your fluid intake, preferably water, or other drinks containing electrolytes
- For children, you can give them a mixture of electrolyte drinks and water–usually of equal parts–to help them regain proper hydration
- If you’re not sure how to properly rehydrate yourself or your children, or your efforts don’t seem to be improving, strongly consider visiting the local emergency room for rehydration help.
Whether it’s for your everyday use, or your next outdoor adventure, knowing the signs and symptoms of dehydration is key to avoiding it. We hope you enjoyed learning more about the signs and symptoms of dehydration in adults, children, and babies and how to overcome them.
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