How is dehydration treated?
If you are mildly dehydrated, you need to drink enough liquid to replace
the fluids you have lost. Also, you need to replace the electrolytes (salts) you have
lost. Drinking sips of water slowly, along with eating the typical American diet, which is
high in salt, will replace fluids and salts you have lost. Non-prescription medicines are available that help replenish fluids and electrolytes. You
can also replace both fluids and electrolytes by drinking sports drinks or an oral
rehydration solution (ORS). Drink the solution (or give it to the dehydrated person
if he or she is conscious) immediately. Do not wait until dehydration becomes