You may pass little or no urine for 12 or more
You may not feel alert or be able to think
You may be too weak or dizzy to stand.
Severe dehydration is a medical emergency and requires
emergency treatment. Call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
Moderate dehydration means:
You may be a lot more thirsty than
Your mouth and eyes may be drier than usual.
pass little or no urine for 8 or more hours.
You may feel dizzy
when you stand or sit up.
Mild dehydration means:
You may be more thirsty than usual.
You may pass less urine than usual.
Mild to moderate dehydration is treated at home by
drinking more fluids. Treatment for moderate to severe dehydration may include
IV fluids and a stay in the hospital.
Dehydration is very
dangerous for babies, small children, and older adults. It is most dangerous
for newborns. Watch closely for early symptoms anytime there is an illness that
causes a high fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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