Signs of Dehydration and How to Avoid ItLaura Mayes
It is only the first day of July, and we are already experiencing extremely high temperatures across the country…and down here in Central Texas, well, it’s just ridiculous. It was 108 at 6 pm last night. 108! We’ve got a long way to go before Fall, Friends. And between now and then, it will be easy to find yourself parched.
Let’s not let that happen.
Here are seven signs that you (or someone you love) might be experiencing dehydration.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Cracked lips
- Extreme headache
- Producing darker urine
And here are five easy ways to avoid dehydration:
If You Can’t Get Them To Drink Water, Drink the Next Best Thing 1 of 4
My son resists water sometimes, but instead of giving him juice boxes (which have a lot of sugar) we opt for coconut water. Kids coconut water (which comes in flavors like cherry, fruit & apple) is a total hit with kids.
Or. Try popsicles. 2 of 4
Cool trick? Freeze the flavored coconut water and make ice pops out of them!
If Your Child is Active in a Sport, Drink Up Before You Begin. 3 of 4
It's important to hydrate before activity, so if your child plays a sport you should make sure they hydrate at least 10 minutes before they start playing. While playing, they should hydrate about every 15 minutes.
Wear light colored clothing 4 of 4
Lighter clothes often means less sweating. Playing some kind of water game also helps remind everyone about the happiness of staying hydrated. I recommend water balloons.
If you (or someone you love) does experience dehydration, here’s what experts suggest you should do:
1. Move to a cool area.
2. Lie down and be still.
3. Apply cool, wet clothes to wrists, neck, collarbone, upper arms and inner thighs
4. Drink water and juice in small amounts
5. Seek medical help.
So let’s all work to keep cool and hydrated. We’ve got a lot of hot days ahead of us.