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Can Your Child Suffer From Dehydration Just During A Normal Day In School?

Jaclyn Hughes

While most states across the country are ramping up for back to school temperatures to start setting in with fall just around the corner, worrying about your child suffering from any form of dehydration probably isn’t a huge trend all over. Those residing in the south, or southwest, however, are not as fortunate. In Phoenix for instance, kids have been back to school for four weeks already, and temperatures are still over 100 degrees everyday. This equates kids playing outside for recess, walking to school or standing at their respective bus stops in the heat, and still having to spend a fair amount of time each day in scorching temps. Even if you don’t reside in a state with a warmer climate, experts are saying that your child can still develop dehydration symptoms just being at school all day not consuming enough water.

More parents are becoming extremely aware of the importance of giving their children water throughout the day, as opposed to generations past. In the 1980’s for instance, many kids lived on sodas, juices, and the ever popular homemade Kool-Aid! In 2017, you definitely see more kids carrying water bottles to school each day, or making water consumption a normal part of their daily routines.

KUTV reported that if your child plays sports, the odds can be twice as high that they could potentially develop dehydration challenges. The scary part is that so many parents aren’t aware that this is happening in their children, some so much so that they don’t recognize the issue until the child needs to go to urgent care. To avoid these serious side effects, always encourage your children to drink water. At mealtimes, by packing it in their school bags, or by leaving a few water bottles in their bedroom or playrooms so that it is ready at their disposal. Headaches, dry skin, red eyes, feeling dizzy, or suddenly tired are all symptoms of dehydration commonly found in children. If you feel that your son or daughter is starting to show signs of a great need for fluids, immediaetly get water in them as soon as possible. If they don’t start to improve quickly, call your pediatrician, or take them to the local urgent care office for further review.

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