It's expected to be a very hot week in Spokane, and
that means children are at a higher risk for heat-related
Our Drew Reeves is working for you with what doctors
say you need to know about keeping your kids safe
in the summer.
There is always something to do outside in the summer,
and it can be easy for time to slip by. But experts
say it's important to recognize that children and
adults tolerate heat very differently.
According to doctors, children are at a higher risk
for heat related injuries. They say children have
thinner skin and don't manage heat exchange well.
Children also tend to lose more fluids through their
According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention,
infants and children younger than four are among those
at the greatest risk for heat-related illnesses.
So, doctors have some suggestions for children who
are heading out to play.
First, they urge parents to plan ahead. Make sure
children are hydrating before they head outside to
play. And once they are outside, make sure children
are drinking every 20 to 30 minutes. Children should
be taking frequent breaks to hydrate.
Doctors also add that it's important to watch what
your children are drinking. Make sure they're not
drinking any caffeinated sodas.
While water is usually a sufficient drink, after an
hour outside in hot weather you may want to consider
providing a sports drink for the added electrolytes.