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Tips to manage weight during festivities

Tips to manage weight during festivities

As we all know that Indian festivals are incomplete without sweets and it is a common for to all of us to get stressed and confused about - “should we eat” or “ not or how much to eat ?”  and so on. Most of us have stopped enjoying the festivals because of the...

Are you Keeping Your Kids Cool?
Young children are more susceptible to dehydration and becoming ill in hot weather than healthy adults. Children’s bodies don’t tend to cool down as efficiently which leaves them more at risk than during a summer heatwave. Dehydration occurs when fluids leave the body through sweating faster than they are being replaced – severe dehydration can be life-threatening! Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, can happen to anyone who stays in the summer heat and sun for too long, but children are more at risk.

It is important for parents to know how to prevent heat emergencies, recognize when their child has been in the heat for too long and be able to provide help when needed.

The Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Emergencies:
Cramps or muscle tightening, usually in the legs and abdomen but they can be in other parts of the body
Dizziness, weakness, and feeling faint
Skin that is redder or paler than usual, or moist skin
Rapid shallow breathing
Unusual irritable, bizarre, or aggressive behavior

How to Help?
Move the child to a cooler location
Give the child cool water to drink in sips
Have the child loosen any tight clothing
Fan the child
Put cool water on the child’s skin
If the child’s condition is severe, put covered ice packs in each armpit and on the back of the child’s neck
When you’re hot you sweat more than normal, so you need to drink more to replace the water your body is losing. Drink plenty of cool fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty, but avoid caffeine and alcohol which can cause dehydration and stop your body from controlling its temperature properly.
Encourage your child to have a beverage break every 20 minutes in hot weather

Preventing Heat-Related Emergencies
Be sure your child drinks plenty of cool fluids — this is the most important preventative step you can take!
Get your child into the habit of having a drink break about every 20 minutes or so in hot weather and during physical activity.
Avoid activities outside during the hottest part of the day (usually around noon).
Know the humidex rating — it combines the temperature and humidity to indicate how hot, humid weather feels to the average person.
Dress your child in light, loose clothing to let air circulate and heat escape, and always make sure they wear a hat.
Apply sunscreen (with SPF 25 or higher) as sunburned skin reduces the body’s ability to cool itself.
Slow down your child’s activities as it gets hotter and doesn’t play for too long at a time.
Take a lot of breaks in a cool or shady area to let your body cool off.
To know more, talk to our expert with 35+ years of experience Dr. Amita Phadnis, CMD, and HOD of the pediatrics and Neonatology department at Oyster and Pearl Hospitals Pune. To book an appointment: