Stay Healthy and Hydrated
Dehydration is one more heat-related sickness that can be dangerous. Children and people over the age of 60 are at highest risk.
Signs of dehydration may include:
- Less-frequent urination with darker urine
- Dry skin
- Fatigue or feeling tired
- Dry mouth
- Raised heart rate and breathing
In children, added signs may include:
- Dry mouth and tongue
- No tears when crying
- No wet diapers for more than three hours
- Sunken belly, eyes or cheeks
- High fever
- Feeling tired or worn out
- Skin that does not flatten when pinched and released
If caught early, most cases of dehydration can often be treated at home under a doctor's care.
- A mild case of dehydration can often be treated by drinking fluids such as sports drinks, which can help restore body fluids.
- In some moderate cases of dehydration, intravenous fluids may be needed.
- More serious cases of dehydration may require immediate medical attention.
To avoid dehydration:
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working or playing in the sun.
- Take in more fluid than you lose.
- Plan outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day.
- Drink sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance.