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Hydration advice to prevent recent increase in A&E attendances

Dear headteacher,

 

Queens Hospital is reporting high attendances at A&E of children with dehydration.

 

Please could you encourage children to follow the advice below, and circulate it to parents:

 

During the hot weather, it's important to ensure children stay hydrated.

To help prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke children and adults should:

 

- drink plenty of cold drinks, especially when exercising
- take cool baths or showers
- wear light-coloured, loose clothing
- sprinkle water over skin or clothes

- avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm

- avoid excess alcohol

- avoid extreme exercise

Please keep an eye on children, the elderly and people with long-term health conditions (like diabetes or heart problems) because they're more at risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

 

For more information on prevention and symptoms, and advice on when to seek medical help, see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dehydration/ 

 

Many thanks,

Claire

06 Jul 2018

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Claire Alp, Senior Public Health Specialist, Health and Wellbeing in Schools Service
Health & Wellbeing in Schools Service
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Action By 20/07/2018