Dehydration and IV Fluid Replacement

Tips on How to Avoid Dehydration and IV Fluid Replacement

Close up shot of an IVThere has been a lot of controversy of late about school sports and kids getting dehydrated, injured and even dying during practice and games. It is vitally important that you, as the parent, take every step possible to make sure that your child is safe during sports events, especially when it comes to making certain that they remain hydrated throughout. Dehydration and IV fluid replacement therapy can be downright scary for a child to go through.

Do you suspect that your child is dehydrated and IV fluid replacement is needed? Contact the caring professionals at Owl Now Urgent Care for an immediate appointment, so that we can get them back on their feet in no time at all.

Why Children are at Higher Risk

Kids love to participate in school sports and in the spirit of having fun do not always remember to drink plenty of water during play. Water and electrolyte drinks can help to replace the fluids their bodies lose through sweating. The organizers of these sports need to think of their charges first, and should be made aware of the need to have water or sports drinks on hand at all times, whether it is the “big game” or just a practice session.

Adults can take hours or even a full day before they begin to show signs of being dehydrated. Children are at greater risk because their bodies do not hold the same amount of fluids that an adult body does, making it far easier for them to fall victim to it. Dehydration and IV fluid replacement therapy is not easy on a young body, and there can be long range effects, even after the therapy is over. It can lead to continuing illness, and a retardation of growth cycles for the future.

Avoidance Tips

As a parent, you should make every effort to attend practice sessions and games, so that you can keep an eye on the health of your child during play. During physical sports, your child should be drinking at least eight ounces of water every couple of hours, not too cold, and sipped slowly instead of guzzled, because it will be easier on their stomach that way.

Clothing worn during practice and play should not be binding, but loose enough for their skin to breathe and sweat freely. It should be light in color, because dark clothing tends to trap heat in close to the body, while light colors tend to deflect it away.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

The first symptoms to present themselves will be dizziness, fatigue, weakness, and extreme thirst. This means that your child is suffering from mild dehydration and IV fluid replacement therapy may be necessary if drinking fluids do not ease them. More serious symptoms include paleness, no urination, no sweating and their eyes appear sunken. This means that the body has begun using up whatever fluids are left, and is at a dangerous level.