It is summer and the time for outdoor fun, vacations and day and overnight camps are in full swing. Since they spend so much more time outside during this hot time of year, it is important to make sure your children stay hydrated and cool to prevent heat illnesses that can ruin even the most fun activity.
Here are some easy tips to implement:
1) Schedule outdoor activity early in the morning or later in the afternoon/evening to help avoid the heat. The sun is typically at its hottest during the hours of 1-4pm. Plan indoor activities and take a break during this time to avoid overexposure and heat exhaustion.
2) Schedule breaks every 10-15 minutes during any activity that lasts longer than an hour. This is particularly important for sports camps that require a lot of running and movement, as children will lose fluid through constant sweating.
3) Encourage athletes to drink four to eight ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes to replenish fluids they are losing from sweating. Cold water or sports drinks that are low in sugar are both good options for hydration.
Read more of Dr. Preeti’s tips here…