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Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration for Kids and Adults 

What is dehydration?

According to the Mayo Clinic, dehydration is a medical condition that occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. The severity of dehydration ranges from mild or moderate to more serious—but, luckily, mindful hydration habits can help you avoid most cases of dehydration before they start.

Infants, young children, and the elderly are especially susceptible to dehydration, but anyone, regardless of age, can find themselves wondering if they’re drinking enough fluid. So, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of dehydration.

What are the signs of dehydration?

Knowing about dehydration symptoms and having healthy hydration habits can help you avoid a problem.

Common symptoms of dehydration are feeling thirsty, producing darker urine, feeling tired or weak, headache, and muscle cramps. See the chart below for more signs of dehydration, and information about what to do if you or someone in your care is experiencing dehydration symptoms.

To help promote more mindful hydration habits, track your water intake, know how much water to drink and be more vigilant about drinking water in hot weather or during vigorous exercise.