Kids/Heat Illnesses

Keeping Your Family Safe

POSTED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 1:29pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 1:29pm

Holly Firfer reports on keeping your children safe from dehydration and heat illness throughout the summer.

There is no shortage of outdoor activities available in the summer. Time can slip right by.

But experts say it's important to recognize that children and adults tolerate heat very differently.

Children are at higher risk for heat-related injuries because they have thin skin and they don't manage the heat exchange well. They tend to lose more fluids through their skin and so they need extra fluids relative to what an adult does.

According to the Centers for Disease control and prevention: infants and children younger than four are among those at the greatest risk for heat-related illness.

For babies under six months, doctors suggest: keeping them out of direct sun, have them hydrated prior to going out, and drink every 20-30 minutes.

For older kids:

Anticipate and plan ahead. They, too, need to drink before going out.

Take frequent breaks to rehydrate

And avoid sodas with caffeine.

And while water is usually sufficient...

After about an hour, water is not enough-utilizing a sports drink can be helpful for the extra electrolytes in it.

Parents should be able to recognize these symptoms of heat illness.

Faintness, extreme tiredness, nausea,fever or muscle spasms.

All signs that medical attention may be needed for a child.

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