Spring sports have started and your kids are full of energy and sweatier than ever. Even though showers and baths before bed are all you can think about, take comfort in knowing that all that sweat means your kids just reaped some really good health benefits.
Alissa Conde, MD, a sports medicine physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, says that when your child (or anyone else) sweats, that could be an indicator that they’ve reached optimal levels for the benefits of physical activity , known as moderate to vigorous. activity (MVPA).
“When the body sweats, it has reached a core temperature that is then cooled by evaporation,” explains Conde. “We know that 60 minutes of MVPA a day provides many benefits for cardiovascular, bone and mental health.”
On top of all that, the benefits of working up a sweat continue:
• Sweating is a tool of the body to control its temperature. As the body’s core temperature rises with activity, sweat glands create sweat which, through evaporation, raises heat and cools the body, helping to prevent exercise-related heat illnesses.
• Sweating removes excess micronutrients, metabolic waste, and toxins. Enough talk.
Does your child use more bottles of water during the warmer months, especially during intense activities? When children sweat, their bodies are not only cooling down, they are also losing water. Therefore, maintaining the correct amount of fluids is very important to avoid overheating or heat exhaustion.
“Keeping up with hydration relies on natural breaks to rest and recover during play,” says Conde.
Children should take a water break every 15 to 20 minutes when participating in activities, she continues. During that rest time, they should drink about four to eight ounces of water. Then, after an hour or so of MVPA or any organized sport, they can drink a 50/50 mix of water with a sports drink to add some needed electrolytes. Of course, you cannot forget about snacks. Having a good nutritious snack and some complex carbohydrates (bread, for example) is just as important. Conde says to eat a healthy snack around two to four hours
before any prolonged sports activity or practice. This helps provide energy and prevent excessive stress on vital organs.
CAN A CHILD SWEAT TOO MUCH?
How much a child sweats depends on the child, but many factors come into play: fitness level and basic health or some combination of them.
“If you notice that your child is often sweating through their clothes, is sweating in situations where others are not sweating, or has excessively sweaty hands that make it difficult to grip sports equipment or toys, then please contact and speak with your health care provider. primary care”, says conde
Reddening of the face is sometimes normal due to an increase in body temperature, however, in extreme heat this could suggest heat illness, Conde warns.
“Monitor for hot and dry skin, hot and excessively sweaty skin, nausea and dizziness. If these symptoms occur, get evaluated right away.”