Children’s Healthcare pediatrician explains ways you can keep your kids cool during heat wave

COBB COUNTY,Ga. — Metro Atlanta is getting ready for another scorching day with a heat advisory and excessive heat warning issued for the area.

The big question for families: How can they keep kids safe?

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Channel 2′s Linda Stouffer learned how a camp in Cobb County is changing its plans.

At Girls Inc. camp in Marietta, they believe their utmost priority is keeping their kids safe.

CEO Tiffany Collie-Bailey said they are swapping field trip plans, and keeping happy campers in the A/C.

“They are going to spend some time doing indoor activities that are just as fun and also drive their creativity.”

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Stouffer also spoke with a local pediatrician about what parents need to know.

“Kids should really drink a lot of water. Every hour, kids should be stopping for water or Gatorade drinks,” Dr. Sarah Lazarus said.

At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Lazarus looks for signs of dehydration and overheating.

“An early sign may be cramping. They may have muscles cramps, such as leg cramps. Kids are feeling really thirsty, that’s their own body is telling them they need to get more fluids in,” she said.

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If a child is over-doing it with sports and activity, they should take a break from the heat.

Lazarus said to put some ice packs on their armpits or on their back to cool them them down if they’re overheated.

Lazarus says parents can ask their child, coaches and camp counselors if they’re fitting in those breaks from the heat.

They should take a drink every hour.

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