Hydration

The intense heat of South Florida makes hydrating when playing outdoor sports one of the most important things an athlete can do for themselves. Dehydration takes place when you lose more fluids than you take in, making it harder for your body to function. 

 

Here are some tips to making sure you're getting the proper amount of hydration. 

Symptoms

Many people don't feel thirsty until they are dehydrated - so you can't always depend on thirst.  When playing sports, be aware of the weather and be on the look out for symptoms of dehydration. 

Infant or Young Child

  • Dry mouth and tongue

  • No tears when crying

  • No wet diapers for three hours

  • Sunken eyes, cheeks

  • Sunken soft spot on top of skull

  • Listlessness or irritability

Adult

  • Extreme thirst

  • Less frequent urination

  • Dark-colored urine

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

  • Confusion

When to See a Doctor

Call your family doctor if you or a loved one:

  • Has had diarrhea for 24 hours or more

  • Is irritable or disoriented and much sleepier or less active than usual

  • Can't keep down fluids

  • Has bloody or black stool

Mild to moderate dehydration can usually be treated by drinking more water; however, severe dehydration does require immediate medical treatment. 

Source: Mayo Clinic 

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