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8.1c List signs and symptoms of poor nutrition and hydration

When caring for an individual, there are several signs and symptoms of poor nutrition and hydration you should watch out for. Here are some of the signs that an individual is not having the correct balance of nutrients:

  • muscle weakness
  • feeling tired all the time
  • increased infections
  • more falls
  • constipation
  • lack of energy
  • gaining or losing weight
  • changes in behaviour
  • depression
  • poor wound healing

Here are some of the signs that an individual is dehydrated:

  • feelings of thirst as the body tries to increase fluid levels
  • dark coloured urine as it tries to reduce fluid loss
  • headaches, tiredness and confusion
  • constipation
  • urinary tract infections
  • kidney stones and infections
  • poor wound healing.

The health of an individual should be one of your top priorities, so you should take note of these signs so you can identify when an individual’s health may be suffering and take steps to prevent it before it gets worse.