Kids And Heat Illness

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 5:51 PM EDT

By WKBW News

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 5:51 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Active kids and extreme heat are a dangerous combination.

When the heat index tops 100 degrees, kids can dehydrate pretty quickly, so doctors say it's important to keep them hydrated and look for signs or symptoms.

If kids become dehydrated, they may cry, but not make any tears.

You can also pinch your child's skin to test its elasticity. If it does not return to normal quickly, he or she may be dehydrated, and if your child is not urinating at least four times a day, that too is a
sign of dehydration.

Other signs of heat illness in a child include increased thirst, muscle cramps, headaches, and weakness.

Doctors say the younger set can still go outside on a hot summer day, just wait until after dinner.

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