Dehydration can be caused by diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating or urination. For example, in the following situations:
Thirst, darker urine, and decreased urine production are the first signs of dehydration. As it becomes more severe, other symptoms appear:
Oral rehydration solutions available in pharmacies are among the best options. They provide all the necessary elements, in the right proportions. They come as either ready-to-drink formulas, powder sachets, or popsicles, in a range of flavours.
Sports drinks can also help when rehydration solutions are unavailable. Homemade rehydration solutions can also be prepared. See below for a recipe you can make at home. It is important to measure the exact quantities as indicated.
Avoid the following beverages as they are not adapted to the body’s needs and can worsen the situation:
Milk is not recommended for rehydrating. If your infant is dehydrated, consult a health professional.
People who are taking prescription or over-the-counter medicine should consult their pharmacist for precise instructions if they are dehydrated. This can include temporarily stopping medication or monitoring parameters to seek medical attention. Dehydration, especially when it is caused by vomiting or diarrhea, can alter the efficacy of many medications and can lead to serious problems.
Whether you are assembling a travel kit before visiting a tropical country or are recovering from dehydration, your pharmacist is there to recommend the right solution for your needs. Don’t hesitate to ask for personalized advice!
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.