Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 9 Oct 1995 08:57:25 -0400
On Sun, 8 Oct 1995, Jeff Menaker wrote:
> There were some things in Jess's post that i don't agree with, so here's
> what i would do.
> First of all, jess's info seemed to be aimed mainly at infants and did
> little for anyone else.
As I have always understood it (for more than 30 yrs now), TRUE
dehydration occurs 90% of the time in infants under 2 and the elderly
over 60 ... neither group is or should be the concern of any Scout troop
on an outing, if only because TRUE dehydration is usually a secondary
diagnosis following another illness.
> Signs/symptoms of dehydration
> dry skin
> slurred speech (in more serious cases)
> fainting (in more serious cases)
> complaining of thirst
> little urination, and dark yellow when there is
These are ALSO the signs of sun stroke, and/or heat exhaustion.
> one should drink a lot when engaged in physical activity to avoid
If one uses "dehydration" to mean "fluid loss" this (and what followed) is
However, for TRUE dehydration, only IV solutions of electrolytic balance
I am reminded of the time a Scout in our Troop announced on a hike that
his glucose level was dropping rapidly and he needed something to drink
before he became hypoglycemic. The ASMs, who both knew the meaning of
hypoglycemic, hurriedly acquired a soda and forced the boy to sit quietly
for some time. When they returned, a fast call to the SM showed no
record of this on the child's medical forms, and so the parents were
called...it seems the boy's GF was diabetic, and he'd heard the words
without understanding their seriousness.
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