UAB pediatrician explains ways to keep your child hydrated this summer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – We’re on your side with ways to make sure your kids are safe and hydrated as temperatures rise.

This year, there have been four deaths from children’s hot cars reported in the US this year, and 25 children died in hot cars last year.

And with more families on the road this summer, UAB doctors are reminding parents never to leave a child or pet alone in a car, even if you leave a window open.

If your children are outside, make sure they drink plenty of water before, during and after any activity and every 20 minutes.

UAB pediatrician Dr. Candice Dye said: “In general, water should be enough and what we’re going for. The sports drinks, yes, they have electrolytes and some substitute stuff. But they also have sugar that we generally don’t need much of.”

And for babies who can’t tell you they’re hot or dehydrated, doctors have this reminder: If you’re feeling hot and sweating, your child probably is, and it’s time to hydrate.

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