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The hot summer days are bringing kids outdoors for fun in the sun É but too much heat can be a bad thing.
Hi, I'm Dr. Cindy Haines, host of HealthDay TV.
* If they're going to be playing outside for 15 minutes or more on extremely hot or humid days, they shouldn't push themselves as hard as they normally would.
* Young people should drink plenty of fluids before they begin their activity. They should drink water or a sports drink regularly during the activity, even if they don't feel thirsty. A good rule of thumb is five ounces every 20 minutes for a child weighing 88 pounds, or 9 ounces for a teenager weighing 132 pounds.
* And kids should wear a single layer of lightweight clothing that allows sweat to evaporate.