Causes of Dehydration in Seniors

What are Some Signs of Dehydration?

Here’s a good tip from WebMD to help a caregiver identify the causes of dehydration in seniors.  Pinch the person’s forearm lightly. If  the skin stands up or is bunched up where it was pinched, then the patient should drink some water. If the skin returns to its normal position, then all is well.

Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration can easily sneak up on you. So watch out for a dry, sticky mouth, dry skin, headache, dizziness, fatigue, and decreased or darkened urine.  Don’t ignore these symptoms; dehydration does not go away when it is untreated. Dizziness, headache, darkened urine, confusion and weakness are serious symptoms, and indicate that emergency medical services should be contacted immediately. Low blood pressure and rapid pulse are signs that intravenous fluids may be needed.  Diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours is an indicator that  medical attention  is needed. If untreated, dehydration can lead to shock, heat exhaustion or heat stroke, according to WebMD.

Be aware of these symptoms so you will know when to get medical attention immediately.

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How to Prevent Dehydration

Make it a habit to carry along a bottle of water when you are in the car, or spending time outdoors this summer. Ice chips and popsicles are  alternative ways to keep water available for a patient.  Retreat to a shady spot outdoors or an air-conditioned place indoors regularly to avoid overheating and dehydration.

Indoors on a daily basis, make it a habit to drink water between meals. Yes, it may mean more trips to the toilet, but it is important to aid your digestion and elimination processes in your body and to avoid any symptom of dehydration.

 

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