Keep an eye on family and friends for the simple signs of dehydration.
Did you go out for a few drinks last night? Did it feel like the alcohol affected you more than usual? What about your mates, did any of them seem to get more drunk than usual? When you went to bed did you feel sick?
How about your kids? Were any of them feeling sick and/or lethargic yesterday? Any complaining of feeling dizzy or needing to sit down?
The weather in the Auchterarder area yesterday was warm and clammy, perfect weather for dehydration to start. Even if everyone seemed ok yesterday, another day of sweltering weather may be enough to start the process. I doesn’t matter if it rains, if you are sweating you are losing fluids and they need to be replaced.
The NHS has provided a checklist of symptoms for dehydration –
Symptoms of dehydration in adults and children include:
- feeling thirsty
- dark yellow and strong smelling pee
- feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- feeling tired
- dry mouth, lips and eyes
- peeing little, and fewer than 4 times a day
As the warm weather continues, make sure you know the signs of dehydration. Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible in these long warm spells.
Make sure everyone has a water bottle, an old juice bottle washed out will do, anything to make sure everyone has water to hand. A good idea is to stop for mandatory drinking breaks, quarter of the bottle at a time. (We all know how eager children can be and you don’t want them to drink the whole bottle in one go.)
If you feel tired or dizzy throughout the day, have a glass of water, it’s amazing how quickly this can alleviate the symptoms if you are suffering from dehydration.
It’s great to get out in the sunshine, especially in Scotland after a cold winter. If you are sweating in the heat, remember to keep drinking water. Keep an eye on family and friends, something as simple as them being grumpy and tired can mean they are becoming dehydrated. A small bottle or glass of water can make all the difference.
Be hydration aware.