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What should you do if your child starts to get dehydrated?

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When children complain of thirst, feeling hot, or just seem irritable in the heat, they may have early dehydration. Get the child out of the sun into a cool, comfortable place. Have him start drinking plenty of cool fluids such as water or sports drinks. Skip sugary fruit juices or sodas. He should also take off any excess layers of clothing or bulky sports equipment. You can put cool, wet cloths on overheated skin.

SOURCES:

Albert C. Hergenroeder, professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; chief, the sports medicine clinic, Texas Children's Hospital.

Jackie Berning, PhD, National Alliance for Youth Sports.

Heat-Related Illness. , Sept. 1, 1998. American Family Physician

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: Heat-Related Illness.

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on May 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Albert C. Hergenroeder, professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; chief, the sports medicine clinic, Texas Children's Hospital.

Jackie Berning, PhD, National Alliance for Youth Sports.

Heat-Related Illness. , Sept. 1, 1998. American Family Physician

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: Heat-Related Illness.

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on May 16, 2019

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