WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - When the heat wave hit D.C. earlier this week, everyone wanted to know how to beat it. So 9NewsNow's Anita Brikman talked to a local doctor at Bethesda Pool to find out how to keep your kids safe during the summer heat.
Dr. David Reitman, M.D., the director of the Suburban Hospital Pediatric Emergency Center, grabbed a seat by the baby pool to give viewers some tips to keep in mind while outside on hot days.
As Anita Brikman and Dr. Reitman saw firsthand at the pool, one should never leave a child unattended in the water, even if that child is a good swimmer. It only takes a few moments for a child to drown or get seriously injured.
Dr. Reitman says that another very important thing to remember is: never ever leave a child in a parked car. It's always dangerous, but in this heat, it can be deadly in a very short time, as children can quickly become dehydrated as the car heats up.
Also always keep your kids hydrated. They should drink one to two glasses of cool water before playing, and then continue drinking water during and after playing. It's especially important to keep this in mind even if they're playing in water, such as a pool or the ocean.
When they're playing outside, make sure your kids are taking frequent breaks. Depending on the activity and the temperature, the time between breaks can vary. Taking a break every fifteen minutes is usually good.
Also be very careful around playground equipment. It can get extremely hot in the sun and it's easy for kids to burn themselves when playing on a slide or swing set. Dr. Reitman says the metals and plastics on slides and other equipment can get up to around 130 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause second and third degree burns. At Bethesda Pool, Anita Brikman and Dr. Reitman scanned a temperature of 115 degrees on a metal railing. Watch out!
If your child is on medication, you should consult a doctor. Sometimes the heat can worsen the side effects of certain medicines, so be mindful of this and talk to your physician when the weather changes.
If you follow this advice, and make sure your kids wear sunscreen and protective clothing when outside, you can enjoy your fun in the sun and stay safe at the same time.