Beware of heatstroke this summer…

CHILDREN and senior citizens who stay out on the beach are advised to hydrate by drinking large amounts of water to prevent heatstroke.

This advice was given by Dr. Anna de Guzman, provincial health officer, particularly, ionized water that athletes drink for people who perspire a lot.

“Excessive sweating means you are releasing ions from your body which causes dehydration and imbalance to your body which is fatal,” she said.

She said risk groups of heatstroke or heat exhaustion are children and senior citizens who easily get tired, dehydrated and affected, especially those suffering from hypertension.

They should avoid sun exposure from 10 :00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when heat is so intense, she said.

Beach lovers, on the other hand, should also avoid sun exposure at the beach on these hours. She advised them to go to shady areas or to wear or use sun protective gears like hat, umbrella and to avoid drinking alcohol, tea and coffee since these cause dehydration.

“We, especially the children, need to drink more than eight glasses of water,” she said. (Eva Visperas)

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