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Heat exhaustion, dehydration (1) and food poisoning (2) are (unfortunately) common summer ailments. So what can you do to keep your children safe from the sun? Get the lowdown on how to spot symptoms of dehydration (1) and food poisoning (2) in kids – and have the chance to win a £500 Tesco voucher from Dioralyte™.

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Dehydration in children

Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than is taken in. This leads to a loss of water and electrolytes that help you function normally (1). Children and babies tend to be at higher risk of dehydration due to their lower body weight, making them more sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss.

Dehydration can occur at any time of the year, for example after a nasty stomach bug, but the risks increase as the temperature increases and children spend more time outdoors under the sun’s rays (1). Dehydration in children may not be immediately obvious, but common signs are (3):

  • thirst
  • dry mouth and lips
  • passing little urine
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • loss of strength or stamina

In babies, additional signs may include:

  • a sunken fontanelle (the soft spot on the top of your baby’s head)
  • fewer, wetter nappies than usual
  • tearless crying

GP Dr Roger Henderson said: “If left untreated, then dehydration can be dangerous, particularly for children. The loss of both water and essential minerals can prevent the body from functioning normally and cause potentially serious complications. If you think your child might be dehydrated, then it’s important to rehydrate right at the first signs. Encourage them to drink plenty of fluids, such as water or diluted squash and an oral rehydration sachet is also a good way to help their body re-establish the right balance of body fluids.”

Dr Roger Henderson does not endorse products.

Food poisoning

Who doesn’t love a barbecue? Sizzling sausages, burgers and chicken drumsticks might be delicious, but the risk of undercooking meat on the grill is much higher than traditional cooking methods. Food poisoning can also be caused by poor hygiene, incorrect food storage or leaving food out in the warmth for too long (2).

The most common symptoms of food poisoning are vomiting and diarrhoea (2).

Dr Henderson warns that persistent vomiting and diarrhoea can also lead to dehydration. He said:” If your child is suffering from acute diarrhoea, then an oral rehydration sachet can help replace essential body salts and fluid lost through diarrhoea.”

Dr Roger Henderson does not endorse any brands.

Rehydrate right with Dioralyte™ dioralyte products

Dioralyte is the number one selling rehydration brand (4), which works to replace essential body salts and fluid lost through diarrhoea (5).

Available in a range of flavours, it is scientifically balanced to promote the absorption of fluids to rehydrate faster and more effectively than with water alone (6,7).

For children over three months, Dioralyte Relief combines a two-in- one formula which helps reduce diarrhoea and provides fast and effective rehydration (8). It contains a rice starch which helps watery stools return to normal (8).

Adults and over 12s can help stop the symptoms of diarrhoea in one dose with DioraleZe (9) which works by slowing down muscle movements in the gut leading to more water being absorbed from stools (9).

All products are available from pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide. Always read the label. Visit www.dioralyte.co.uk for more information.

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References -

(1) http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Dehydration/Pages/Introduction.aspx [Last accessed May 2017]
(2) http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Food-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx [Last accessed May 2017]
(3) http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/heat- exhaustion#1 [Last accessed May 2017]
(4) Data on file – Dioralyte Value and unit sales April 2016
(5) Dioralyte™ SPC GSL – September 2013
(6) Mecrow IK and Miller V. J Paed Gastro Nutr 1993; 16(3):316-20.
(7) Thillainayagam AV et al. Gut 1993; 34:920-6.
(8) Dioralyte™ Relief SPC GSL – March 2014
(9) DioraleZe SPC – May 2015