Signs and Symptoms of Poor Nutrition and Hydration

Signs and symptoms of poor nutrition and hydration

Poor nutrition/malnutrition can result in:

Death and increased risk of death

Wounds healing more slowly than otherwise

Inability/slowness to recover from infections and other illnesses

General ill health/impaired immune system/more prone to requiring hospital admissions

People may feel lethargic, lose of motivation and tire easily

People may become depressed

People may be neglecting themselves

Loss of muscle strength/power


Poor hydration/ dehydration can result in:

  • Death
  • Mental confusion and/or inability to concentrate. (This increases rapidly as the dehydration progresses)
  • An increase of infection
  • It increases the risk of falls
  • It increases the risk of kidney stones; urinary tract infections and constipation. (Lack of sufficient liquid intake can result in dark coloured, strong smelling, urine).
  • It causes wounds and pressure areas to be slow to heal.
  • Dizziness and falls
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Adverse reactions to medication.

Use to answer question 8.1c of the Care Certificate

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