It’s important to stay hydrated in winter even when you don’t feel thirsty.

Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Sticky and dry mouth.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Flaky and dry skin.
  • Giddiness.
  • Headaches.
  • Dry eyes even while crying.
  • Less urine.
  • Muscular cramps.


Effects of Dehydration on Your Body

Chronic dehydration can

  • Weaken your kidney function and cause renal failure.
  • Cause formation of kidney stones.
  • Lead to constipation.
  • Damage your muscles.
  • Heat stroke.
  • Cerebral oedema.
  • Seizures.
  • Hypovolemic shock.
  • Coma.


How to Prevent Dehydration

  • Drink sufficient water (at least 8 to 10 glasses every day).
  • Increase intake of fruits and vegetables.
  • Take more fluids when you are physically active.
  • If you are dehydrated due to diarrhoea or vomiting, take oral rehydration solutions.


Additional Reading:

Dehydration – Prevention

Fact Sheet on Dehydration