Learn the signs of dehydration to protect yourself this summer

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Being thirsty is not the only sign of dehydration. Hydration one of the most important things you can keep your eye on during the extreme heat this summer.

Dr. Carter Fenton of Total Access Urgent Care in Chesterfield joins us to talk about the signs and solutions to prevent dehydration.

Signs of Dehydration:

  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Eyes that look sunken into the head
  • Soft spot (fontanelle) on top of baby's head that looks sunken
  • Lack of urine or wet diapers for 6 to 8 hours in an infant (or only a very small amount of dark yellow urine)
  • Lack of urine for 12 hours in an older child (or only a very small amount of dark yellow urine)
  • Dry, cool skin
  • Lethargy or irritability
  • Fatigue or dizziness in an older child))

Losing just 1.5 percent of the water in your body (the human body is usually about 60 percent H2O), and you've reached the tipping point of mild dehydration.

Increase your fluid intake to increase water supply in your bodies. If there's a problem, you can visit any one of the Total Access Urgent Care locations in the area.

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