Home Remedies for Dehydration

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Simply put, dehydration occurs when you are taking in less water in than you are putting out. Dehydration can range anywhere from mild cases to life threatening cases that require emergency medical care. This is especially true for small children or the elderly due to poor temperature regulation systems.

Dehydration can be a very serious condition. The home remedies listed here are for mild to moderate cases. If however, you or someone you know is suffering from a severe case of dehydration, emergency treatment should be sought.

Please see the When To Seek Emergency Medical Care Listed at the bottom of this article if you suspect that severe dehydration might be the case.

Possible Causes of Dehydration,

* Diarrhea
* Vomiting
* Sweating
* High Fever
* Diabetes
* Burns
* Inability to Drink Fluids due to illness
* Strenuous exercise
* Overexposure to Heat
* Excessive consumption of Alcohol
* Use of methamphetamine, amphetamine, caffeine or other stimulants

Possible Symptoms of Mild to Moderate Dehydration,
* Dry mouth
* Thirst
* Headache
* Fatigue
* Irritability
* Lightheadedness (especially upon or when standing)
* Weakness
* Loss of Appetite
* Dry Skin
* Slightly unfocused
* Decreased urine output
* Unusually dark urine

Possible Symptoms of More Severe Dehydration,

* Eyes unable to make tears
* Sweating ceases
* Heart palpitations
* Almost no Urine output
* Muscle cramps
* Nausea and vomiting
* Extreme sleepiness
* Extreme confusion
* Seizures
* Sunken fontanel (the soft spot) on infants heads
* Fainting
* Sunken eyes
* Dim Vision
* Delusional
* Unconsciousness or Coma

Home Remedies for Dehydration

Drink Water

This might seem obvious but it is extremely important to drink enough water to re-hydrate. Do not overdue it however because it might actually cause you to vomit if you have a more severe case of dehydration. Drink water slowly, but consistently throughout the day. It might take a few hours until the next day before you start to feel like your old self again. It is usually recommended that you start by drinking a few glasses of water and then switching to a sports drink such as Gatorade or Pedialyte to help replace missing electrolytes as well.

Drink Sports Drinks with Electrolytes

As mentioned above, sports drinks such as Gatorade or Pedialyte replace missing electrolytes. When dehydrated it is best to start with a couple of glasses of water, and then move on to a sports drink to help body regain its balance.

Eat Popsicles

Especially effective for children, eating popsicles will also help to re-hydrate. Pedialyte makes popsicles that will help replace electrolytes as well. If you do not have the popsicle sticks available, you can make your own by freezing a Pedialyte drink in a popsicle mold.

Eat a Banana

Bananas are high both in water content and potassium which makes them a great remedy for dehydration.

Eat Jello

Eating J-ello is another way to help re-hydrate your body. Especially effective for little ones who are resistant to drinking lots of fluids.

Water, Sugar and Salt Combo

This remedy for dehydration is recommended by the Mayo Clinic. This combination should really only be used if an electrolyte drink is not available. Be sure to use exact ingredients however because incorrect amounts can be less effective or in some cases even harmful. Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt, 6 level teaspoons of sugar and 1 liter (about 1 quart) of safe drinking water. Drink gradually.

Eat or Drink Clear Broths

Especially useful if you do not have much of an appetite or dehydration is caused by diarrhea, fever or illness. Clear Broths can help a person regain missing fluids.


If dehydration is caused by over-exertion, exercise or extremely hot temperatures it is imperative that you relax and take a break while re-hydrating using some of the methods listed above.

Get into the Shade or a Cooled Area

Again this is important if dehydration is caused by exposure to extreme temperatures. It is important to get into a cooler area as soon as possible such as shade or a room that is air conditioned. Follow up with water and/or sport drink consumption.

Remove Extra Clothing

In cases of high fever or overexposure to high temperatures, remove any unneeded or extra clothing.

When To Seek Emergency Medical Care for Dehydration,

As mentioned at the top of this article, dehydration can become a life threatening condition. This is especially true for small children or the elderly.

If you or someone you know is suffering from the following symptoms it is imperative that you seek emergency care by calling 911 or going to a hospital emergency room where professionals can administer life saving electrolyte solutions to re-regulate their systems.

* Confusion
* Persistent, uncontrolled fever, vomiting, or diarrhea
* Eyes unable to make tears
* Sweating ceases
* Heart palpitations
* Almost no Urine output
* Muscle cramps
* Extreme fatigue
* Seizures
* Sunken fontanel (the soft spot) on infants heads
* Fainting
* Sunken eyes
* Dim Vision
* Delusional
* Serious pre-existing medical condition
* Unconsciousness or Coma


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Alternative Remedies

*While this site is dedicated to Home Remedies, there might be a rare occasion where you might need a little help from an outside source. The following are some other products or procedures that you can try if your situation is a little more severe and these home remedies aren’t quite doing the trick.

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