Keep your cool in the heat wave

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With weather forecasters predicting a heat wave, this weekend, it’s important to make sure you have plenty to drink of water in order not to become dehydrated.

Dehydration is a result of your body losing water and salts.

The first sign first sign of dehydration is thirst. Other symptoms are:

  • dizziness or light-headedness
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • dry mouth, lips and eyes
  • dark, concentrated urine
  • passing only small amounts of urine (fewer than three or four times a day)

Mild dehydration is common and can be easily reversed by making sure you have plenty to drink.

Dehydration is more of a risk in the very young and the elderly. It’s important that you get medical attention straight away if you think your child is becoming dehydrated.

Extra care should be taken to prevent babies and small from dehydrating, by giving them plenty of fluids.

Severe dehydration

If you do not replace the lost fluid, dehydration will get worse and in extreme cases, could lead to complications such as low blood pressure and kidney failure. It can even be fatal.

Make sure you spot the signs. As well as severe thirst, you may also have:

  • dry, wrinkled skin
  • an inability to urinate
  • irritability
  • sunken eyes
  • a weak pulse
  • a rapid heartbeat
  • cold hands and feet
  • seizures

If you or your child has any of the symptoms of severe dehydration seek medical attention as soon as possible.

For more information on dehydration, please go to the NHS website page here.

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