Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dehydration causes GP visits

Published 21/07/2015 | 02:30

If you're dehydrated, drink plenty of fluids such as wate
If you're dehydrated, drink plenty of fluids such as wate

It is reckoned that as many as one-in-10 GP consultations for tiredness and fatigue can be blamed on dehydration. Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than you take in.

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Anyone can become dehydrated, but certain groups are particularly at risk. These include:

• Babies and infants - they have a low body weight and are sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss

• Older people - they may be less aware that they are becoming dehydrated and need to keep drinking fluids

• People with a long-term health condition - such as diabetes or alcoholism

• Athletes - they can lose a large amount of body fluid through sweat when exercising for long periods.

If you're dehydrated, drink plenty of fluids such as water, diluted squash or fruit juice. These are much more effective than large amounts of tea or coffee. Fizzy drinks may contain more sugar than you need and may be harder to take in large amounts.

Infants and small children who are dehydrated shouldn't be given large amounts of water alone as the main replacement fluid. This is because it can dilute the already low level of minerals in their body too much and lead to other problems.

Instead, they should be given diluted squash or a rehydration solution (available from pharmacies).

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