Dehydration and making pee!

March 13, 2011

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When a normal person goes to bed, their kidneys slow down. The average person can sleep through the night without getting up to go pee because you’re not making much pee. The person with sickle cell disease never stops making pee. They have to make more frequent trips to the rest room and can rarely sleep through the night without getting up to pee.

Always making pee can also lead to dehydration and infection. According to the state of New Jerseys Department of Health and Senior services, “dehydration happens when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in.” To stay fully hydrated, sickle cell patients should drink eight ounces every two hours. Ever been tired of drinking? It’s hard to keep up but staying hydrated helps keep the blood moving.

Also, according to the Sate of New Jersey’s Department of Health and Senior services, “all children with sickle cell disease pass urine frequently because their kidneys do not hold water well. Bed-wetting often happens and is not the fault of the child. Children with sickle cell disease also get kidney infections more often than other children.”

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