Ways to stay cool
- Dress your child in lightweight, loose-fitting clothes.
- During an outing, pack plenty of drinks. Most kids need about twice as much
fluid during summer months as they would normally drink.
- A 90-pound child should drink: At least 6 ounces (12 gulps) of fluid before activity and 4 to 6 ounces every
15 minutes during activity and for the first hour after stopping activity.
Larger children will need to drink more.
- Athletes should weigh about the same before and after activity. For every half
pound lost, a child should drink 8 to 12 ounces more fluid.
- If your child becomes nauseated, dizzy, or weak and feels cool and clammy to
the touch, get him or her indoors and in the shade immediately. Give the child
some cool water to drink. A child with dry, red skin and a fast pulse who seems
confused or delirious may be experiencing heat illness and is in need of
immediate medical care.