Friday, July 25th at 10 a.m.
Kids’ summer sports and activities are in full swing and as the temperatures rise so do the number of children making visits to the ER for heat-related illnesses.
Exposure to abnormal or prolonged amounts of heat and humidity without relief or adequate fluid intake can cause various types of heat-related illness. Not only do children and adolescents adjust more slowly than do adults to changes in environmental heat, they also produce more heat and sweat less. Children and adolescents also often do not think to rest when having fun and may not drink enough fluid, which can lead to overheating and dehydration.
The heat is even more problematic for kids who are overweight, have chronic health issues or take certain medications.
What they wear matters too. Children and adolescents who wear heavy clothing during exertion, such as marching band or football uniforms, are also more susceptible to heat illness.
Tips to avoid dehydration and heat illness include:
To learn about the ways to protect your kids in the heat, as well as how to look for the early warning signs of heat-related illnesses, join in our live chat with Dr. Mo Gessouroun, chief of pediatric critical care medicine, OU College of Medicine this Friday, July 27th at 10 a.m. You can also visit the links provided on this page.
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