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How To Avoid Dehydration

If You Have Diarrhea or Are Vomiting, You Run The Risk Of Becoming Dehydrated


Updated May 21, 2014


Every person's water needs are different. Check with your health care team to find out how much you should be drinking.

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People who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) often experience diarrhea, and can also sometimes have vomiting. These symptoms can quickly lead to dehydration. Learn how you can avoid becoming dehydrated.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: A few minutes

Here's How:

  1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
  2. Drink fluids slowly by constantly sipping throughout the day.
  3. Don't drink caffeinated drinks or alcoholic beverages, which can actually have a dehydrating effect.
  4. When flying in an airplane, drink plenty of water and continue to avoid alcohol.
  5. Drink water before, during, and after exercise -- slowly!
  6. Call your doctor if you have a temperature over 102 degrees Fahrenheit, or severe cramps.
  7. Carry a water bottle whenever possible, especially when participating in outdoor activities in warm weather.
  8. Remember that fluids can be lost through sweat as well as from diarrhea.


  1. Sports drinks can help replenish electrolytes lost from diarrhea.
  2. Fruit juices can make diarrhea worse, so dilute them with water.
  3. Urine should be pale yellow or clear in color. If your urine is dark yellow or odorous, take in more fluids.
  4. Don't hesitate to call a doctor if you are concerned about severe dehydration.
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