Texas Children's Health plan wants you to enjoy a safe summer!

Heat Illness
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.
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