Friday, July 13, 2007

Dangers of Dehydration in Kids

With record temperatures affecting many parts of the country, it is imperative that you prevent your kids from getting dehydrated. Children produce more heat than adults and they tend to sweat less and sometimes don't realize when they are out playing sports that they need to have a steady supply of fluids. The rule is that children should drink at least five ounces of water or a sports drink like Gatorade for every twenty minutes of activity.

Heat illness from dehydration is a big concern in hot weather and you should teach your children to recognize the signs. If they are feeling thirsty, becoming dizzy or lightheaded, have a dry mouth or if their urine is dark coloured they are probably not drinking enough. Your kids need to know that if they experience any of these symptoms they should have something to drink and take a break and cool off before they resume playing.

Happy Parenting


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