Chapter 3: Symptoms and health concerns
Dehydration – What is it and what may cause it
Dehydration happens when someone loses too much water from the body, doesn't get enough fluids in, or both. The most common causes for dehydration are diarrhea and vomiting. Medications such as diuretics, or water pills, can also contribute to a person becoming dehydrated.
Dehydration in advancing illness
Dehydration is often a normal part of the changes that
happen at the end of a serious illness. People become weak and take in less
fluid. This may continue over for days or weeks and is part of the
Be sure to note any changes in fluid or food intake and any
other concerns in the tracking journal. This will help to share information with
the healthcare provider.
Click here to see the questions the healthcare provider may ask. You might use these questions to guide the tracking journal.