Building Blocks is brought to you by Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
From summer camps to outdoor activities and sports summer, usually full of fun for kids
but there also at very high risk of becoming dehydrated as their bodies begin to lose more
fluids. In tonight’s Building Blocks we talk to
a doctor about recognizing signs of dehydration and the best ways to prevent it.
Water tends to be the best hydrating drink there is. Especially for short burst of activities
if you are out for under an hour, water tends to be very good for rehydration purposes.
Even if kids are outside or playing sports, just like adults, children should be drinking
eight glasses of water a day. Sports drinks, another good option but only for more vigorous
activities for an hour or longer. The general rule of thumb is over an hour of intense activity.
For kids that are burning there sugar, it’s a good recovery drink. I think that where
um we really try to recommend against using sports drinks for general rehydration, it’s
really just kind of cool aid like hydrating drink you don’t need that unless you are
burning that level of sugar with your activity. Parents need to be on the lookout of signs
that their child is dehydrated. You look for signs of heat stress, so the
child may have cotton mouth, just feel like they are not able to speak very clearly because
your mouth is so dry. They actually stop sweating which is really a concerning feature.
A child may have sunken eyes, have a lack of tears when crying or not act like themselves.
These symptoms should be taken very seriously. Heat strokes is actually life threating. You
want to make sure kids are identified early, given shade, hydration. If there are any concerns
that they are not thinking correctly or acting or behaving normally, then that’s a child
that probably needs to be seen in the emergency department.
And doctor Silvis says that another good recovery drink after children have been active is chocolate
milk. It provides electrolytes for hydration, protein for muscle repair and carbohydrates