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Causes, symptoms of Dehydration

 Health & Lifestyle Desk

 Published: 12:47 PM, 2 January 2019   Updated: 12:49 PM, 2 January 2019

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Dehydration happens when your body doesn't have as much water as it needs. Without enough, your body can't function properly. It’s normal to lose water from your body every day by sweating, breathing, peeing, and pooping, and through tears and saliva (spit). Usually, you replace the lost liquid by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. If you lose too much water or don’t drink and eat enough, you can get dehydrated.

Causes of Dehydration 

You can lose more water than usual with:
A fever, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Excessive sweating, Peeing a lot (Diabetes and some medications like water pills -- also called diuretics -- can make you pee more often.) 

You may not replace the water you lose because:
> You’re busy and forget to drink enough.
> You don’t realize you’re thirsty.
> You don’t feel like drinking because you have a sore throat or mouth sores, or you’re sick to your stomach. 

Symptoms of Dehydration 

Thirst isn't always a reliable early indicator of the body's need for water. Many people, particularly older adults, don't feel thirsty until they're already dehydrated. That's why it's important to increase water intake during hot weather or when you're ill. The signs and symptoms of dehydration also may differ by age. 

*Dehydration in Infant or young child
> Dry mouth and tongue.
> No tears when crying.
> No wet diapers for three hours.
> Sunken eyes, cheeks.
> Sunken soft spot on front of the head in babies.
> Listlessness or irritability

* Symptoms and Signs of Dehydration in Adults
> Extreme thirst
> Less frequent urination
> Urine is more yellowish than normal
> Fatigue
> Dizziness
> Confusion
> Dry skin
> Few or no tears

Call a doctor if you or a loved one:
1. Has had diarrhea for 24 hours or more
2. Is irritable or disoriented and much sleepier or less active than usual
3. Can't keep down fluids
4. Has bloody or black stool.

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