Is Your Kid Dehydrated at Camp?

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Jim Bartlett | 0 Comments

Is Your Kid Dehydrated?

Dehydration Can be Dangerous

As we enter the heat of the summer months, dehydration and other heat illnesses are something you need to be on the lookout for. A recent article presented to the American College of Sports Medicine suggests that between 50 and 75% of girls and boys at summer sports camps were "significantly dehydrated". If your kids are skateboarding, mountain biking, BMX racing, or even running around the neighborhood on their bike, be aware that they can become dehydrated quickly. Make them drink water frequently and watch for early signs of dehydration.

Early Signs of Dehydration Include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Thirst
  • Being irritable or cranky
  • Headache 
  • Seeming bored or disinterested 
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Child not able to run as fast or play as well as usual

What to do if you see signs of dehydration?

Have your kid stop, cool off (preferably in air conditioning), and drink liquids. Don't wait, as the risk of more serious heat illnesses increases quickly if he or she keeps going. 

Check out this National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) article for an excellent guide to dehydration:

Have fun, but be safe! Jim

 

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