Protect Kids From Dangerous Dehydration This Summer

Protect Kids From Dangerous Dehydration This Summer

As soon as summer kicks in, kids head outside to play, and that can mean
dehydration if they don’t drink enough water while out in the heat. Most
parents don’t realize that kids are much more susceptible to dehydration and
heat illness than adults, and the effects are more serious. Part of the
reason is that kids absorb more heat than adults, but sweat less.

They also have less fluid and can go from mild dehydration to severe
dehydration more quickly than adults. This is why kids need to hydrate and
have water to drink while outside playing.

Kids produce more metabolic heat during physical activity. A child can lose
up to a quart of sweat during two hours of exercise. They will feel the
effects of dehydration and other heat related problems more quickly than
adults will.

Early signs of mild dehydration may include dryness of the mouth, thirst,
warm skin, dizziness and leg cramps. If a child has a rapid pulse, a flushed
face, sunken eyes or drowsiness, these are signs that serious dehydration is
starting to occur and needs to be addressed quickly. The child should be
placed in the shade and given cool water and a cool washcloth on the
forehead and on the wrists. If the symptoms last for more than an hour the
child should be taken to a medical facility for treatment.

Dehydration occurs when the body loses water content and essential body
salts, such as potassium (essential for nerve and muscle function), calcium
bicarbonate, and phosphate. Sodium and Chloride help the body to retain
fluid. Sports drinks can restore body fluids, electrolytes, and salt

Studies show that kids will only drink about 50% of the water they need
unless it’s flavored. Then they will usually drink about 90%. Water is the
most important nutrient for your body and parents and coaches need to make
sure kids drink enough of it, even if it has to be flavored to get them to
do it.

Dehydration can be prevented if kids do the following:

  • Drink plenty of fluid while out playing in the sun
  • Drink before you actually get thirsty
  • Play during the cooler hours
  • Take plenty of rest breaks
  • Avoid soda and sugary drinks
  • Stop playing if you have a headache, dizziness, or become disoriented

Dehydration places kids at risk for serious conditions, like heat exhaustion
and heat stroke, which can be life threatening if left untreated. But
dehydration is completely preventable as long as kids drink enough of the
right kinds of fluids.

Guest Writer: Julie Austin
Business Name: HydroSport

Short Bio:
Julie Austin is an award-winning author, inventor, and multiple business
owner. Her patented product, swiggies, wrist water bottles, have been a
NASDAQ product of the year semi finalist and are currently sold in 24
countries. She’s appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX News, along with dozens
of TV shows, magazines and radio shows around the world. She’s a “go-to”
media expert in the fields of innovation & creativity, and is featured in
the books “Patently Female” and “Girls Think of Everything”.

Authored by: Cathy Alessandra

Cathy Alessandra is a wife, a mother of three, the founder of the Today's Innovative Woman, and the creator of What's Up For Kids, LLC. What's Up For Kids was founded in 1995 based on the need of finding information about local events and activities - all in one place. As a parent, Cathy will help you find the resources you need in an easy to use format within What's Up For Kids. As a business woman, Cathy will help you with all your marketing needs. Cathy was awarded the 2011 Top 50 Momprenuer of the Year award by and has been featured on and KFWB - Los Angeles as well as being named a finalist in the 2011 Ali Brown Platinum Excellence Awards. Find out more about Cathy at

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