The following tips may help you prevent dehydration.
- Drink plenty of water before, while, and after you
are active. This is very important when it's hot out and when you do intense
exercise. You can drink water or
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise.
- Take a container of water or sports drink with you when you exercise, and try to drink at least every 15 to 20 minutes.
- Use a sports drink if you will be exercising for longer than 1 hour.
- Encourage your child to drink extra fluids or suck on flavored ice pops, such as Popsicles. Children ages 4 to 10 should drink at least 6 to 10 cups of liquids to replace lost fluids.
- Avoid high-protein diets. If you are on a high-protein diet, make sure that you drink at least 8 to 12 glasses of water each day.
- Avoid alcohol, including beer and wine. They increase dehydration and make it hard to make good decisions.
- Do not take salt tablets. Most people get plenty of salt in their diets. Use a sports drink if you are worried about replacing minerals lost through sweating.
- Stop working outdoors or exercising if you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or very tired.
- Wear one layer of lightweight, light-colored clothing when you are working or exercising outdoors. Change into dry clothing as soon as you can if your clothes get soaked with sweat. Never exercise in a rubber suit.
Prompt home treatment for diarrhea, vomiting, or fever will help prevent dehydration.
- Diarrhea, Age 12 and Older
- Diarrhea, Age 11 and Younger
- Fever or Chills, Age 12 and Older
- Fever or Chills, Age 11 and Younger
- Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older
- Nausea and Vomiting, Age 11 and Younger
- Urinary Problems, Age 11 and Younger
- Urinary Problems, Age 12 and Older
- Heat-Related Illnesses