Dehydration occurs over time. If it can be recognized in its earliest stages, and if its cause can be addressed, then home treatment may be adequate.
Steps a person can take at home to prevent severe dehydration include:
- Patients with vomiting and diarrhea can try to alter their diet and use medications to control symptoms to minimize water loss.
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used to control fever.
- Fluid replacements may be attempted by replacing fluid by mouth with frequent small amounts of clear fluids (see clear fluids information in previous section).
If the patient becomes confused or lethargic; if there is persistent, uncontrolled fever, vomiting, or diarrhea; or if there are any other specific concerns, then medical care should be accessed.
source : medicinenet.com