Summertime is right around the corner, and the kids want to play. Maybe your plans are to get some gardening done or visit every local park in your area. Maybe you have big plans for a family vacation, with trips to the beach and hiking included. No matter what you’re doing this summer, the warm weather and bright sun are going to fill you with energy and get your kids eager to go adventuring.
But all that activity outside can bring dehydration with it. The more time spent in the sun, the faster you dehydrate your body, and severe dehydration can contribute to emergency medical conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Dehydration is the what happens when someone loses more fluids that they take in, meaning that your body no longer has enough water to carry out normal functions. This happens most notably when we’re exercising and start to get sweaty. Your body is losing fluid and water when it sweats, which means you need to take a rest and get some water!
While thirst is your body’s way of saying it needs some extra fluids, dehydration is much more than thirst. Think of your body’s hydration like a car’s fuel gauge. Thirst is when the fuel light comes on, warning you that it will run out soon. This means dehydration is what happens when your body’s fuel gauge goes to zero, and you are in drastic needs of fluids.
Symptoms of dehydration can include:
–And in children or infants, the symptoms can also include:
All of these are more than simply being thirsty. If these symptoms persist, despite your efforts to drink fluids, then seek medical attention immediately.
While we have discussed the symptoms of dehydration, it is also important to know what dehydration can cause. Since this condition comes from a lack of fluids, water, and sometimes even a lack of electrolytes, it can be a contributing factor in many emergency situations.
Dehydration might start as something small. Feeling very thirsty or getting a small headache in the middle of the day. But when dehydration is neglected, it can cause serious health emergencies. This is why it is important to drink water throughout the day, and make sure you have extra water and electrolyte heavy drinks with you when you spend a lot of time outside this summer.
In the case that any dehydration emergencies occur, don’t worry! New Braunfels ER is open 24/7, even on holidays, and is always ready to treat emergency medical conditions.
Nutex Health, Inc. supports you and your family’s health. Come visit New Braunfels ER or any one of our concierge-level freestanding facilities for the emergency care you deserve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.