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Dehydration

Dehydration is when your body does not have as much water as it needs.

Symptoms of dehydration include feeling thirsty, dark yellow pee and dizziness.

You can often treat dehydration by drinking more fluids or using rehydration treatments from a pharmacy. Get medical help if your symptoms are severe.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of dehydration include feeling thirsty, dark yellow pee and dizziness.

Check if you're dehydrated

Symptoms of dehydration in adults and children include:

Dehydration can happen more easily if you have:

Read more on the NHS website.

You can often treat dehydration by drinking more fluids or using rehydration treatments from a pharmacy. Get medical help if your symptoms are severe.

Self-care

Drink fluids when you feel any dehydration symptoms.

If you find it hard to drink because you feel sick or have been sick, start with small sips and then gradually drink more.

You can use a spoon to make it easier for your child to swallow the fluids.

You should drink enough during the day so your pee is a pale clear colour.

Drink when there's a higher risk of dehydrating. For example, if you're vomiting, sweating or you have diarrhoea.

Medical treatments

If you're being sick or have diarrhoea and are losing too much fluid, you need to put back the sugar, salts and minerals that your body has lost.

Your pharmacist can recommend oral rehydration sachets. These are powders that you mix with water and then drink.

Ask your pharmacist which ones are right for you or your child.

Read more on the NHS website.