Children’s Hospital doctor offers tips to dodge dehydration – WATE 6 On Your Side

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Keeping drinks, like an ice cold orange Gatorade, nearby on these sticky, 90 degree days, is not only the key to beating the heat. It also helps you dodge dehydration.

“They come over here and they’re sweating and they’re just thirsty,” said mother Jennifer Ogle.

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At Children’s Hospital, doctors have already treated several kids this week for dehydration.

This week kids will need a lot of liquids while outside climbing on the playground, racing down the slide and running in the water.

“When it’s this hot, basically any fluid that doesn’t have caffeine in it is great. Caffeine is a diuretic and it’ll tend to dry you out a little bit more,” said East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Ryan Redman.

Redman said dehydration can set in within a matter of hours and kids can become dehydrated much faster than adults.

At Children’s Hospital, doctors have already treated several kids this week for dehydration.

“It can be potentially a very serious illness if you let it go too long,” said Redman.

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“When it’s this hot, basically any fluid that doesn’t have caffeine in it is great. Caffeine is a diuretic and it’ll tend to dry you out a little bit more,” said East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Ryan Redman.

 

After playing for a while at Fort Kid, boys and girls we spoke to said the extreme heat wears them out.

“I’m really tired and I really want to get wet,” said Elijah. “Me too,” said Claire.

The splash park is also a common place doctors said people forget to hydrate. Just because you’re in the water, doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water.

What symptoms should parents lookout for when watching their kids? We asked Redman.

“You’re going to notice things like weakness, confusion, they’ll stop sweating, that’s usually one of the more concerning signs, and not crying tears when they’re upset,” he said.

If you see those signs, take a break, get water and rest before heading back outside with a cold drink in hand.

Doctors said, although mild cases of dehydration can often be treated at home, if kids start to get very confused or weak, then it’s best to take them to emergency care.