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Self-help: Preventing dehydration

Babies, children, and elderly people are particularly vulnerable to dehydration, which can be reversed or prevented by following these simple measures:

Prevent dehydration
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For normal body functioning, the body's water and salt content must be kept at a constant level. During an attack of diarrhoea or vomiting, the body can become dehydrated due to loss of large amounts of fluids and salts.

  • Drink plenty of fluids every 1-2 hours, while symptoms last. Choose fluids such as dilute orange juice, weak sweet tea, or rehydration solution, which is available over the counter as a powder that you reconstitute.
  • Do not give children milk because it may perpetuate the diarrhoea. However, if a breast-feeding baby is affected, continue to breast-feed and give the baby additional fluids.
  • Stay out of the sun and try to keep yourself cool in order to prevent further loss of body fluids in sweat.

Posted 09.09.2010

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