During warm weather, kids love to play outside. When the kids are active, they don’t really put very well to hot temperature. This results in producing more heat during a physical activity like running or playing a game. This is what causes dehydration as the body heat stays in the body and it gets difficult to get rid of it as the body loses the ability to do so.
Addition to that, kids are also not very dedicated towards drinking water as they spend most of their time having fun. This is one of the primary causes of dehydration.
First aid for dehydration
When to call the doctor
If you observe your child with the below symptoms, call for the doctor.
- No tears and has very dry mouth
- Is old enough but still doesn’t urinate in 12 hours or more.
- Can’t think in a proper and efficient manner.
- Passes out quite often.
- Is dizzy and can’t even stand properly.
How to prevent dehydration?
- The physical condition of the children is very important for you to know. If they lack in physical condition, it can cause lack of fitness in the child.
- Introduce your kids to heat in order to keep dehydration away. Take your kids to workouts and increase the length after 10 to 15 days.
- Give them a lot of water to drink as it as it will keep the sugar level intact. They can also use soft drinks that can give them taste as per their want.
- Keep a check on the weather conditions and then plan accordingly. Find out the heat index before going out.
What to do?
If your children is very young, then there are chances that they will have mild to moderate dehydration in no time. It can happen very easily especially if the kid is suffering from vomiting issues or diarrhoea. Therefore, go ahead and contact the pediatrician of your child if:
- Is nor drinking enough water and is not eating enough.
- Is below 1 year of age.
- Looks tired all the time.
- Very less urination and that too dark in color.
- Is very cranky and gets irritated often
- Vomits quite usually
If your infant is 1 year old and is suffering from dehydration, then you need to replace fluids if
- If your kid is relying on solid food, bananas, and potatoes mashed, add enough fluids.
- Use Pedialyte which is an oral rehydration solution. It serves as the best replacement for salt and potassium. Get in touch with your doctor to know about the quantity.
What to do during dehydration?
- Give them a lot of water to drink and allow them to sit.
- Buy sachets for ORS and offer your kid the same.
- If you see any painful cramps, allow them to rest and have them massage their muscles.
- Keep a check on how they are feeling.
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