Home Care Management of Dehydration

Your body must have a certain amount of fluid to stay healthy. When there is a lower-than-normal amount it can cause changes in how you feel and function. When there is too much fluid, swelling occurs.  Dehydration is when there is not enough water in the body or not enough water where it is needed most. Fever, diarrhea, constipation and vomiting can cause dehydration.


Homecare Instructions

  • Drink 8-10 8 ounce glasses of fluid daily
  • Drink non-caffeinated beverages
  • Avoid alcohol on or near the days of therapy, as alcohol can cause additional dehydration
  • Eat ice chips if you are having trouble drinking liquids
  • Apply lotion (Aveeno®, Eucerin®, Vaseline Intensive Care®) to skin. Avoid lotions with alcohol or perfumes
  • Apply lubricant to lips to avoid chapping or cracking
  • Report side effects that can contribute to dehydration such as fever, diarrhea, constipation, nausea or vomiting


Report the Following Problems

  • Dry mouth or excessive thirst
  • Trouble swallowing dry food
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive dry skin or skin that “tents” (stays up) when lightly pinched
  • Decreased or dark colored urine
  • Weight loss of greater than 5 pounds
  • Swollen, cracked or dry tongue
  • Call immediately if you experience confusion or extreme weakness