Symptoms of Dehydration
Your fluid goal immediately following surgery and forever beyond is 48-64oz/d.
Any sugar free, noncarbonated beverage can be used to achieve your fluid goal. Examples:
- Crystal Lite
- PowerAde Zero
- Sugar free Kool-Aid
- Water with added sugar free flavoring packets
Signs and symptoms of dehydration range from minor to severe and include:
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth and swollen tongue
- Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
- Inability to sweat
- Decreased urine output
Severe dehydration can result in death.
Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always a reliable gauge of the body’s need for water. A better indicator is the color of your urine:
- Clear or light-colored urine means you’re well hydrated
- Dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration
Get immediate medical care if you develop severe signs and symptoms such as extreme thirst, a lack of urination, shriveled skin, dizziness and confusion.
Resources include: www.webmd.com, www.mayoclinic.org