What Are Symptoms and Risk Factors of Dehydration?

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Symptoms The signs and symptoms of dehydration for infants or young children include:
  • 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
The signs and symptoms of dehydration for adults include:
  • Extreme thirst
  • Less frequent urination
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
Risk factors Certain people has greater chance to get dehydrated:
  • Infants and children. Because they are the most likely to experience severe diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Older adults. Older adults' ability to conserve water is reduced and their thirst sense becomes less acute.
  • People with chronic illnesses.
  • People who work or exercise outside.