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Dehydration


To avoid becoming dehydrated during cleanup efforts from a storm, drink plenty of fluids, especially water.  This is particularly true on days when temperatures reach 90 F and higher. 

People who have medical conditions that require a fluid restrictive diet or who have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. How much water you need to consume depends on your level of physical activity and your age.

  • Healthy babies from birth to 6 months normally do not need extra water. On a hot day, a small amount of water may be needed, but check with your physician on how much to give. 
  • Breast or formula-fed babies from 6 to 12 months that are receiving solid foods should also receive water.  
  • Children 12 months and older should be reminded to drink fluids, preferably water, throughout the day. They should be encouraged to drink more on hot days.   
  • Adults should remember to drink more water when exposed to temperatures reaching 90 F and higher, depending on physical activity level and heat exposure.

Help to avoid becoming dehydrated by staying out of the direct sun, wearing light-colored loose-fitting clothing, limiting physical activity and using fans when available.


Last Updated: 07-30-2011

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