Have Fun in the Sun!!

Good health is the key to having good fun! And we want you to enjoy your summer without illness or injury.

It probably goes without saying, but with the heat wave that's coming, we'll say it anyway. Drink plenty of water! Get hydrated BEFORE you go outside and if you feel symptoms of dehydration, take quick action.

Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Thirst
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Not peeing very much
  • Dark yellow pee
  • Dry, cool skin
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps

Symptoms for Children and Babies

Symptoms for babies and young children can be different than for adults:

  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • No tears when crying
  • Dry diapers for 3 hours
  • Sunken eyes, cheeks, soft spot on the top of the skull
  • Sleepiness, lack of energy, or irritability
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How to Treat Dehydration

According to WebMd, dehydration is a serious medical emergency that should be treated immediately.

Dehydration must be treated by replenishing the fluid level in the body. This can be done by consuming clear fluids such as water, clear broths, frozen water or ice pops, or sports drinks (such as Gatorade). People who are dehydrated should avoid drinks containing caffeine such as coffee, tea, and sodas.

If your symptoms are severe, or if you are dealing with an elderly person or small child, see your doctor or visit the ER. Some dehydration patients will require intravenous fluids in order to rehydrate. 

More Health and Safety Tips

If you're headed to the beach, don't forget the sunscreen! And take a look at these summer time safety tips from Georgia Department of Public Health.

Going to the mountains? You'll want to read up on these nasty little human-biting ticks.

And here's a helpful read on protection from mosquitoes, plus more tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy this summer.

Now Go!

We hope you take time to enjoy the summer with your friends and family. After all, a little rest and relaxation is preventive medicine!