Tips to help kids stay hydrated and avoid heat exhaustion

SAN ANTONIO – Back-to-school isn't just about hitting the books, it's also about sports drills, outdoor practices and band rehearsals.

Young athletes are just back in school after a summer that may have been largely air-conditioned. 

Now is a good time to remind them about taking care of themselves to stay hydrated and avoid heat exhaustion.

How do you make sure your child is protected from heat exhaustion and dehydration?

Heat exhaustion is one of the types of illnesses that occur when we exercise in hot and humid weather.

It can range from heat cramping, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

"If you're playing a sport outside with high temperatures and high humidity you're at risk," said Caitlyn Mooney, University Health System, pediatric sports medicine physician.

Tips to stay hydrated

"Under 60 minutes of exercise, I recommend drinking water," said Mooney. "Over 60 minutes of exercise, I recommend drinking electrolytes. There are now options for low calorie electrolyte drinks. Make sure to stay away from caffeine." 

For more information, visit universitychildrenshealth.com or call 210-358-5437. 



Information courtesy of University Children's Health. 

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