DDA Caregiver Alert: Dehydration

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Did You Know?

  • Individuals who rely on care from others may not recognize they need fluids. It is important for care providers to offer fluids frequently and watch for signs of dehydration.
  • Water helps the body in many different ways. It regulates temperature, lubricates joints, and removes waste from the body.
  • Plain water is the best but other beverages and foods high in water can also help with hydration. It is important to act quickly if someone is dehydrated, as the result can be serious and even life threatening. It is safer to have a person drink extra water now than to wait until they are in need of IV fluids.
  • Medications or illness may cause dehydration. Hydration is important for someone losing fluids through diarrhea, vomiting, or a fever.

Learn more about signs and risks of dehydration, prevention and response in Dehydration, the newest caregiver alert by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).


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