Water best antidote to extreme heat

Posted July 7, 2012
Updated July 8, 2012

— Doctors at WakeMed say the best way to keep active children both cool and safe in hot weather is water – lots of water.

"Right now, it's fun to be outside, so kids are out running around, having fun but not drinking fluid," said Dr. Graham Snyder.

He explains the situation to his children like he does his patients.

"I say you have to have a certain amount of energy in your body, and you have to keep that at a certain temperature," he said.

Playing in water is good. Drinking water is even better for prevention of heat-related illnesses.

"The most common this is a combination of being overheated and dehydrated," Snyder said.

Over the past week, Rex Hospital in Raleigh had seen 10 cases of heat-related illnesses in its emergency department. At WakeMed emergency rooms across Wake County, 38 people visited with heat-related symptoms. keep cool in the pool Inside and out, water eases extreme heat

Children and the elderly can be even more susceptible to the impact of heat. Parents should keep an eye out for red skin, leg cramps, nausea and vomiting. 

John Hammes said he rations his son's time outdoors when the temperature soars.

"Maybe 30 minutes out in the heat, 30 minutes inside where it's cool. The key thing is to make sure they're inside part of the time and outside part of the time," he said.


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  • Killian Jul 10, 2012

    Actually, 37, by the time you feel thirsty, it's too late. Your body is dehydrated. Drinking water as a pre-emptive measure is imperative to keeping the tissues and organs safe.

  • 37 Jul 9, 2012

    If you get hungry, eat something. If you are tired, get some rest. Let's make a list of obvious things.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Jul 9, 2012

    Water...then later bananas.....great for you..

  • Bob3425 Jul 9, 2012

    I run at lunch most days, I like the heat but I also drink a lot of water prior to going out and after. Drink water not this performance drinks that have a lot of sugar and salt.