How to make sure your child stays hydrated during hot summer months

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – At Precision's summer golf camp at BurMill, there is one overriding, nonnegotiable rule.

"You always have to a have a water bottle with you and have it filled," said Camp Director Sara Hunt. "We take hydration very seriously."

In the sweltering hot summer months, especially in intense sports camps, it's crucial to stay hydrated to help prevent heat illness and heat stroke.

"A good rule of thumb is to drink 22 ounces of water or a sports drink with electrolytes an hour before your child begins practice," said Cone Health Sports Medicine's Dr. Ryan Draper. "Then they should take a water break every 20 minutes or so. I'm not terribly worried about an 8 year old running around outside, it's the older athletes who may not be as quick to speak up about not feeling well in the heat."

Signs of heat illness are feeling lightheaded, a little dizzy, nauseous and just an overall feeling of being out of sorts. To treat heat illness, and to ward off a possible further complication of heat stroke, make sure to quickly help the athlete cool down under a shade tree, or in an air conditioned room, with cold, icy towels applied to the get the athlete's neck, head, groin and underarm areas.

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