Even at the pool, heat can impact health

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Children slip-and-slided the heat away Wednesday afternoon at The Bay on Longview Road. Many of the youngsters weren't phased by the summer sun.

However, it's what's happening inside their bodies that doctors warn could be dangerous.

Maurice Carson and Terrel Robingine, both 10-year olds, love the summer sun. In fact, one of their favorite pastimes during their school break is heading to The Bay.

"You spin around and around and around and you go down," Terrell said as he described his favorite slide.

The pair even braved the sidewalks together, keeping their toasty toes moving every second to avoid the burn.

"Cause my feet hurt!" explained Terrell.

41 Action News caught up with Shaun Estrada in the lazy river. Estrada said he brought his family to the pool knowing the heat could be a problem.

"Just ice water, a lot of ice water, we don't buy a lot of Gatorade. It just has too much sugar in them," he explained.

His 7-year-old twins had to wear SPF 85 sunscreen to be safe. Plus, Estrada kept an extra close eye on them Wednesday because of the heat.

"Even changing pools, their feet are burning so they have to go over and hurry up and go over to another pool," he said.

That sense of cautiousness is exactly what Children's Mercy Hospital recommends.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Kerry Wade suggested families take a break from the floating and splashing for just a few minutes frequently to sit in the shade and rehydrate.

It's a choice, she said, that could save a life.

"Heat stroke can cause kidney failure, liver failure and even heart failure," Wade said.

Heat stroke occurs when a person's temperature rises above 104 degrees. The threat of that happening rises as families go to local pools for heat relief.

"It isn't something that you want to ignore. If you see that someone is acting a little confused or fainting or dizzy, you need to get them cooled off," she explained.

Cooling that person off should be immediately followed by seeking out a medical provider for help.

Adversely, signs of heat exhaustion include headache, nausea and fatigue. Wade said heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke.

It's safest, she said, to keep your family inside in the air conditioning during this heat wave.
 

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