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Parents, guardians need to keep an eye on kids in high heat

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 6/28/2013 9:13 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Doctors across the valley are asking parents and caretakers to keep an extra close eye on children this weekend.

The heat can get to them much more quickly, giving parents far less warning that there's a problem.

It's the 2013 Olympic Day at the boys and girls club but this year the games are all happening indoors.

“Even if they don't have medical conditions, the heat is so draining that we have to minimize the outdoor activities and minimize it to the mornings,” said Alma Spears with the Boys and Girls Club.

Spears says outdoor activities on days like this are almost none-existent. It's just too hot, so they have to come up with other ways keep the kids entertained.

For 11-year-old Brianna Cafferata, a game of indoor kickball is much better than being roasting in the sun.

“It's hot and you might lose your energy to the heat,” Cafferata said.

When it comes to kids, Nurse Practitioner Gayle Grusman says things can get much worse than just losing energy.

“You have to realize children dehydrate a lot faster than adults do,” Grusman said.

She recommends kids drink water at least once every hour if not more. They should be drinking at least 64 ounces a day. If they weigh more than 120 pounds they should drink half their body weight in ounces per day.

Parents need to be aware of the warning signs to keep their kids safe.

“If they were running and playing and all of a sudden they look lethargic, you're seeing them pass out or they can't talk straight, acting confused, change of mental status, I would suggest getting them to the emergency room,” Grusman said.

The only outdoor activity for the kids on this day was a quick break for a barbeque where the grill master takes the brunt of the sun's rays. After lunch, it's back inside to chase the gold.
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