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When the weather is warm and sunny, it’s great to get outdoors. Especially in summer, kids and adults participate in outdoor sports more frequently.
High temperatures and high humidity can be particularly dangerous. Parents and coaches should be careful about children playing too strenuously in such conditions. Children are more vulnerable to such heat-related illnesses as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke because their bodies are less efficient at cooling.
Use these simple precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses:
In many cases, drinking plenty of water during an activity on a hot day will likely do the job of preventing heat illness. For long activities in the heat, sports drinks are helpful in replenishing not only water, but electrolytes and sugar as well.
“Water is fine for most of the activities that are an hour or less,” says Richard A. Saladino, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
“Kids tend to eat and drink a lot during the day anyway, but with prolonged activity in the heat – even playing at the pool all day – it is important to replace both water and electrolytes. Sports drinks are an effective way to do that.”
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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