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Drinking enough fluids is important for everyday wellness, but it becomes a crucial element of care when you are sick.
Staying hydrated helps the body’s organs and muscles work properly. To stay hydrated, drink decaffeinated beverages (mainly water) throughout the day, not just when you’re thirsty.
When you’re sick with vomiting or diarrhea, it’s even more important to drink water, as your body loses essential fluid it needs to function. Yet, it’s not always easy to hydrate when you aren’t feeling well — nausea and fatigue can prevent you from wanting to swallow anything.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers advice to help you avoid dehydration when sick, including:
It’s extremely important to avoid dehydration. Mild cases can be treated at home, but severe dehydration often requires hospitalization.
If you’re dehydrated, it may not always be obvious. One telltale sign is dark yellow-colored urine. When you are hydrated enough, your urine will be clear or very pale yellow.
Sometimes when you don’t drink enough water, you can get a headache or migraine, too.
Call your primary care physician or visit an Edward-Elmhurst Health Immediate Care Center if you notice these symptoms (in children or adults):
Book your next appointment online or download the MyEEHealthTM mobile app.
Get quick, convenient, advanced medical care — right here, right now. Our Immediate Care Centers are a convenient option for dehydration caused by illness. Check locations and wait times.
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