Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration



There are many different signs and symptoms to look for when dehydrated. In fact, your body only needs to lose as little as 2% of its total body weight through fluid before the signs and symptoms of dehydration start to appear.

As soon as any of these symptoms occur, you should start consuming an oral rehydration solution, like Hydralyte, to ensure you are replacing the fluid and electrolytes rapidly and effectively.

You may experience different signs and symptoms of dehydration depending on your age and/or medical conditions. Learn more about dehydration:

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Common symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Dark urine (deep yellow)

Poor hydration can result in more than just extreme thirst. These signs of dehydration typically indicate mild to moderate dehydration. However, if these symptoms are not identified and treated soon enough, they can result in severe dehydration. Severe dehydration can result in symptoms such as low blood pressure, fever, and in some cases, even seizures.

It’s important to understand the science behind rehydration and how the body depends on maintaining those optimal hydration levels.

Note: If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of severe dehydration, consult your doctor immediately. 

Effective Dehydration Treatments

If you’re able to spot the early signs and symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration, then you may be able to manage them before your dehydration becomes too severe.

Treatment options for children

If your child is experiencing dehydration symptoms, be sure to consult your physician.

There are some solutions that will help replenish the fluids lost due to mild to moderate dehydration, such as oral rehydration solutions. Health Canada recommends that children who are experiencing dehydration avoid sugary sports drinks, as they contain extra calories and sugars that could lead to child obesity and tooth decay.

Water is often recommended as the principle solution for child dehydration. But in some cases, water will not do enough to replenish the key electrolytes and fluids lost. Consuming a low sugar electrolyte solution like Hydralyte will rapidly replenish any electrolytes, important for helping the body retain fluids lost through vomiting and diarrhea, as well as sweating.

Learn more about managing dehydration in children

Treatment options for adults

Treating dehydration in adults isn’t too different from how you would treat a child. Once you start noticing early signs of dehydration look for ways to replenish your body’s water and electrolytes. Electrolytes help carry out many of the body’s essential day to day cell functions.

Electrolyte Tablets

Electrolytes are what help your body retain the water you intake. Electrolyte tablets allow you to replenish both the necessary electrolytes and water that your body needs for rehydration. Hydralyte’s effervescent tablets travel well and are great to keep on hand, for whenever signs of dehydration may arise.

Electrolyte Powder

Electrolyte powders are a quick and easy way to restore the body’s fluids and electrolytes. Electrolyte powders are easily dissolved and are great for keeping in a medicine cabinet or for post-workout rehydration.

Electrolyte Drinks

Not all electrolyte drinks are created equal. Popular sports drinks that boast electrolyte replenishment are often packed with sugar and not enough electrolytes. Hydralyte’s ready to drink electrolyte solutions have 4x the electrolytes of the leading sports drinks with 75% less sugar.

Did you know?

Feeling thirsty is not always the first symptom of dehydration. Be alert for other signs and symptoms of dehydration (such as a dry mouth, dizziness and tiredness) as these may happen before you become thirsty.

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