"Dehydration results from excessive loss of body fluids. dehydration may follow episodes of diarrhea, vomiting, prolonged fever, and any condition where there is a rapid and extreme loss of body fluid. Some signs of diarrhea include: frequent bowel movements that the person cannot control, watery stools, little urine or dark yellow urine, more than normal thirst, dry mouth and tongue, sunken fontanelle, sunken or dry eyes, fast, weak pulse, flushed/dry skin, skin that does not spring back immediately when pinched, lethargy, irritability or confusion. If someone has two or more of the signs of dehydration, it is important to restore fluids as soon as possible. a simple oral re-hydration solution can be made by mixing the following ingredients:
1/4 teaspoon real salt
1/4 teaspoon no salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
Mix into 4 cups water
Give the person small sips of the solution every five minutes, even if he vomits, until he begins to urinate normally. The drink can be given with fruit juices as a flavoring. The person may also drink green coconut water, thin vegetable soup/broth, or the water in which rice or barley has been cooked.
9 oz. real salt
11 oz. no salt
1 box baking soda
4 1/2 cups sugar
in one-gallon bag
Source: Basic Self-Reliance, 109-12."
(Source: Storage Rocks)
NOTE: The "No Salt" and "Real Salt" are not available at all grocery stores. I did find both at Smith's Food & Drug. Macey's had "Real Salt" but not the "No Salt".
Friday, January 9, 2009
Dehydration: Recognition and Treatment
Dehydration was another subject that was discussed at the Preparedness class I attended a couple nights ago. The teacher shared information on how to make your own Re-hydration Kit. I found the following detailed information regarding dehydration on www.storagerocks.blogspot.com. (The recipe is identical to the one we were given.)