Dehydration can occur when there is a rapid drop in body weight. A loss of more than 10% of your body weight is considered serious. This loss can be due to severe diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, and serious illnesses.
Low fluid intakes can also cause the salt in our body’s store to set extremely low. If this happens, it can lead to lethargy, confusion, agitation, dizziness, muscle cramps, low-blood pressure, and sometimes seizures.
How do we know that we are dehydrated? We may:
- Become increasingly thirsty.
- Have a dry mouth.
- Feel weak.
- Get lightheaded.
- Pass less urine which is dark yellow in color.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of fluid each day.
- Take a full glass of water with your medication.
- If at all possible, always drink a glass of water after each meal.
By Yvonne Isaacs RN, Case Manager