Dehydration occurs when your body loses too much fluid. If you are experiencing thirst you are already dehydrated. Thirst is your body calling for rehydration.
Anyone is prone to dehydration, but certain groups are at a greater risk.
- Babies & Infants – They have a lower body weight making them more sensitive to smaller fluctuations in fluids.
- Older People – They maybe less aware of the signs and symptoms of dehydration. Also, some of the medication they may be on could lead to increased urination and fluid loss.
- People with Long Term Health Conditions – Health conditions such as diabetes or alcoholism cause the body to loss fluid more quickly.
- Athletes – Athletes lose larger amounts of body fluids through sweat.
Once you are dehydrated you body can no longer absorb fluid from your blood or other body tissue, causing your body to go into shock. There are several signs of dehydration:
- Little to no urine/darker than normal urine
- Dry mouth, lips and skin
- Extreme thirst
- Dizzy or lightheaded
- No tears when crying
Do not wait to notice any of the above symptoms act on it before the symptoms occur. Remember if you are thirsty you are already dehydrated.