Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “DEHYDRATE“ to remember about the Risk Factors For Dehydration
D – Diuretics: Medications like furosemide and hydrochlorothiazide increase urine output and can lead to dehydration.
E – Exercise: Vigorous physical activity can cause excessive sweating and fluid loss.
H – Heat: Hot weather and high temperatures can result in increased perspiration and fluid loss.
Y – Youth: Children and infants have a higher risk of dehydration due to their smaller body size and higher water turnover.
D – Diarrhea: Frequent loose stools lead to significant fluid and electrolyte losses.
R – Respiratory Illness: Conditions like fever and vomiting associated with respiratory infections can contribute to dehydration.
A – Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption is a diuretic and can lead to dehydration.
T – Tea/Caffeine: Caffeinated beverages, such as tea and coffee, can increase urine output.
E – Elderly: Older adults are at higher risk due to decreased thirst sensation and kidney function.