Approximately 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This type of mild dehydration can lead to thirst, dark yellow urine, headache or even muscle cramps. If you experience any of these early warning signs, it’s important to replenish your fluids by drinking plenty of water to avoid more serious symptoms. Moderate to severe dehydration often requires treatment with IV fluid hydration.
Who is at risk for severe dehydration?
Babies and young children have a high risk of severe dehydration because their bodies have a limited ability to retain excess fluids needed to avoid dehydration, and many babies sweat at a much faster rate than adults. Elderly people also have a higher risk of severe dehydration because their body composition changes and they naturally retain less water.
In addition to babies, young children and the elderly, people at risk include those who suffer disorders or problems that make people lose fluid, like the flu with vomiting and diarrhea, sweating profusely in hot weather or uncontrolled diabetes.
What are the signs of severe dehydration?
If you or a loved one is exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention. Amory Urgent Care is open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is available for walk-ins. If this is an emergency, please call 911. Here are five signs you need IV fluid treatment for dehydration:
Signs of Dehydration in Adults
- Extreme thirst
- Fatigue or excessive tiredness
- Dark-colored urine
- Less frequent urination or less urge to urinate
- Eyes that appear sunken
- Skin that has no elasticity
- Rapid heartbeat and breathing
- Low blood pressure
Signs of Dehydration in Children
- Irritability or listlessness
- Sunken eyes
- Dry mouth or tongue
- Lack of tears when crying
- Sunken cheeks
- Diaper not wet after three hours
- Sunken soft spot on top of head
Severe dehydration can lead to very serious medical complications and often requires IV fluid hydration. Visit Amory Urgent Care between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for immediate, walk-in treatment 7 days a week.