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Words of Advice
"Parents should attempt to avoid activities during the hottest part of the day, particularly in direct sunlight. Schedule plenty of shady rest breaks and be certain that lots of cold water is available and consumption is encouraged," says Dr. Wible. If your children are enrolled in outdoor sports activities like soccer, lacrosse, or football, Dr. Divine recommends that their uniforms should be, "light in color and allow the maximum skin exposure to allow evaporation and heat dissipation. Their body weight should be monitored daily and maintained to avoid complications due to dehydration. Eating a regular diet, specifically one with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables is ideal. Encourage the use of the saltshaker and provide salty snacks, such as pretzels. Water is the best replacement fluid for activities for up to an hour, and avoid beverages with caffeine as this too will cause fluid loss."
Lastly, good old-fashioned prevention is the key. "Keep your parental antenna up for heat-related symptoms in your youngster. When these occur, get them out of the hot environment and cool them off!" advises Dr. Divine.