Just cause you’re in the pool doesn’t mean you’re not dehydrated

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Scores of people head to pools with their sunscreen, their hats, their floaties, and more.

Experts warn that you need to take something vital with you.

Dozens of kids are beating the heat by jumping in the water. But doctors warn being in the water doesn’t mean you’re getting enough water.

“The difficulty is that if you’re in the pool, you don’t realize that you’re sweating so much,” explained Dr. Timothy Reeder, ECU Emergency Medicine. “So it’s very easy to get dehydrated if you’re very active in the pool.”

Clara, Bailey, and Anna are following the doctor’s orders, staying hydrated while outside.

You can lose up to half a liter of water per hour. Over a two hour span, that’s over four cups of water, or one and a half bottles.”

“If you’re just lounging in the pool, you probably aren’t going to be sweating a whole lot other than just the sun coming down,” said Reeder. “But if you’re active, you’re playing, you’re exercising, you certainly do sweat, just like any other activity.”

It can be difficult to realize just how much you’re sweating.

If you experience dizziness, shaking, fatigue, get out of the pool and heat and get water in your system.

The best indicator of dehydration is thirst.

For the signs of dehydration to look out for in your children, click here.

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