Music City Kids Triathlon
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Children's Day

 June 18th, 10am - 2 pm

The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial

2221 Murphy Avenue, Nashville

We are trilled that the Music City Kids Triathlon is part of a larger weekend of activities presented by The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial.  This is completely free event for families with lots of fun activities including bouncy houses, face painting, and even a dunking booth!  The Children's Day event will also be the site of our packet pick-up for the race, and its a great opportunity for athletes and their families to come check out the course.


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Bell, Deanna 2013

How to Avoid Heat Illness

Dr. Deanna Bell


Pediatric Hospitalist at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial

Before you send the kids out to practice in the summer heat -- or just for a long day of play in the sun – be sure you know how to recognize symptoms of dehydration and heat illness and what to do if your child becomes ill.

Children get dehydrated if they do not replace body fluids lost by sweating. Being even a little dehydrated can make a child feel bad and practice and play less effectively.

Signs of dehydration may include:

- Dry lips and tongue

- Dry cough

- Sunken eyes

 

 

- Bright colored or dark urine, or urine with a strong odor

- Infrequent urination

- Small volume of urine

- Apathy or lack of energy

- Irritability

- Sudden decline in performance

If your child experiences symptoms of dehydration move them to a shaded or air-conditioned area and give him or her fluids to drink.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion is always an emergency and requires immediate medical attention. Any child with any heat illness should be rushed to the nearest hospital. While waiting for medical attention, get the child out of the sun into a cool, comfortable place. Have the child start drinking plenty of cool fluids. The child should also take off any excess layers of clothing or bulky equipment. You can put cool, wet clothes on overheated skin. In cases of heat cramps, gentle stretches to the affected muscle should relieve the pain.

 

Untreated dehydration can lead to three worse types of heat illness:

Heat cramps: Painful cramps of the abdominal muscles, arms, or legs.

Heat exhaustion: Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, weakness, muscle pain, and sometimes unconsciousness.

Heat stroke: A temperature of 104 F or higher and severe symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, seizures, disorientation or delirium, lack of sweating, shortness of breath, unconsciousness, and coma.

 

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion is always an emergency and requires immediate medical attention. Any child with any heat illness should be rushed to the nearest hospital. While waiting for medical attention, get the child out of the sun into a cool, comfortable place. Have the child start drinking plenty of cool fluids. The child should also take off any excess layers of clothing or bulky equipment. You can put cool, wet clothes on overheated skin. In cases of heat cramps, gentle stretches to the affected muscle should relieve the pain.

Remember to monitor your child carefully during and after practice and play. Kids suffering from heat illness should not be allowed back on the field the same day.

Dr. Deanna Bell is a pediatric hospitalist at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial in Nashville, TN.

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