This module aims to give pharmacy teams the information they need to provide advice and recommend appropriate products to customers who may be at risk of becoming dehydrated.
- Identify the possible causes of dehydration
- Understand the importance of rehydration
- Be able to recommend the most appropriate products
- Understand how rehydration products work
Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluids than it takes in.
Click on the headings below to find out more about the causes and symptoms of dehydration.
- CAUSES OF
- SYMPTOMS OF
Possible causes of dehydration include:1,2
- Diarrhoea or vomiting
- Being in the sun too long
- Being in a hot climate
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Sweating a lot while exercising
- Having a high temperature of 38°C or more
- Not drinking enough fluid
Dehydration can also happen more easily if someone has diabetes or is taking certain medicines, such as diuretics.
Symptoms of dehydration include:1,2
- Feeling thirsty
- Dark yellow and strong-smelling urine
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Feeling tired
- Dry mouth, lips and eyes
- Urinating little and fewer than four times a day
Symptoms of dehydration in babies and young children include:
- A sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on their head
- Few or no tears when they cry
- Fewer wet nappies
Advise customers to see their GP if symptoms continue despite drinking plenty of fluids, or if they think their baby or toddler is dehydrated.2