Table 2

Clinical Dehydration Scale

Items012
General appearanceNormalThirsty, restless, or lethargic but irritable when touchedDisoriented, hypotonic, cold or sweaty skin, unconscious
EyesNormalSlightly sunkenVery sunken
Mucous membranesMoist‘Sticky’Dry
TearsTearsDecreased tearsAbsent tears
  • A score of 0 represents no dehydration (<3%); a score of 1–4, some dehydration (≥3%–6%); and a score of 5–8, moderate/severe dehydration (≥6%).