If you or someone around you is suffering from dehydration and are unconscious, immediately call 911. However, if they seem to be suffering minor symptoms, such as extreme thirst or dizziness, then they can be treated right there. First and foremost, it is important to try and push fluids, regardless if they have vomited or not. The reason for this is because they need to replace the fluids lost and rebalance the body.
While pushing fluids, keep these few things in mind;
- Drink small amounts of fluids. Drinking too many fluids at once can cause vomiting, which we want to try and avoid as much as possible because it causes more severe dehydration.
- Drink water, juice or a sports drink. Take in small amounts of these fluids within 2 to 4 hours.
- If vomiting occurs, try chewing ice chips and popsicles.
- Once feeling better, you should stay rested and follow up by drinking 10 glasses a day to slowly replenish fluids lost.
It is very important to monitor your symptoms after suffering from dehydration for up to 24 hours. If left untreated, severe dehydration can lead to worse things such as death.