There are a lot of ways to put a stop to your summer fun. I'm sure we've all experienced the melt downs, the crankies, the things we forgot to bring, but all those things we manage to get though somehow. It's the big things that really can ruin the day, and we're here to tell you what it is, and how easy it is to prevent!
If you've ever been to a theme park or any sort of outdoor play place, especially in the summer you know how hot it can get! There's too much concrete, not enough trees and the air conditioning is usually just inside the gift shops and restaurants. It doesn't take long and you start to sweat. A little while later you might get a headache, or a little dizzy. Sometimes it's hard to breathe and your skin starts to get red, even if you put on sunscreen. You keep walking and you start to feel really worn out and maybe a little sick to your stomach.
My friends, that's not a good thing. Those are actually the symptoms of over exposure to heat. Sunstroke or heat stroke is it also called. It happens very often because it creeps up on you, and any of those symptoms above are actually the number one complaint that the first aid stations at theme parks hear. The worst thing is, heat stroke is pretty preventable, because overexposure to heat starts when someone gets dehydrated.
There's a simple way to keep all of that from happening to you so your day of fun doesn't get cut short. Drink. Lots. Water is the best, but if you like it flavored, or you want tea or juice, that's okay, just drink! One bottle a day isn't going to cut it and it's not safe to skimp on your water just because it can be expensive to buy.
Yep, theme park drinks can be expensive, but hospital bills are going to cost a whole lot more if you aren't hydrated enough, and get sunstroke! There are easy ways to get around those expensive drinks, and I've got some suggestions in this post here on how to save Hundreds on your Theme Park Vacation With One Trick. The main idea is:
1. Bring a refillable water bottle. They make some that collapse or have filters.
2. Ask for a cup of ice water. I've never been anywhere that has fountain drinks and wouldn't give you one for free.
3. Bring in your own bottled drinks (if that's allowed at the park you are at. At Disney, you are allowed any outside food or drink)
Dehydration can happen slowly! It's easy to not think about drinking when the morning air isn't too hot, and there are a ton of rides to go on of the perfect spot to claim at the beach before the crowds hit. Sometimes you just don't realize how thirsty you are until dehydration hits. Did you know that you can even get dehydrated while you are swimming? That's why it's so important to make yourself, and your kids, stop and drink, even while playing in the water.
A few symptoms of early dehydration to look out for are:
Feeling like your mouth is dry
Not using the restroom as much (or in the case of young children, not very wet diapers)
Those are all such common things we feel day to day, I suspect we are all guilty of thinking we will just grab a drink later since we don't feel too bad, and then get so distracted and busy, later doesn't come for a while.
As serious as these side effects can be for adults, they can be deadly for children, so make sure whatever the age of your child, they have frequent access to liquids. For older kids, they might not always say when they are thirsty, and sometimes don't want to stop having fun for something boring like a drink break, so remind them to drink. Younger children might need constant access to a sippie, and for the smallest ones in diapers, if they don't have heavy wet diapers every few hours like they would at home, they are probably not getting enough hydration.
Isn't it funny how something so simple can put a stop to your summer adventures? Keep an eye on everyone, and remember to keep plenty of fluids in you so you can have fun all day, not find yourself in a first aid clinic wondering what's going on!