Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) consultant pediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera advised the general public to take more fluids with adequate minerals to prevent dehydration during the present hot weather conditions.
Addressing the media, he told the people must provide more water for children. Excessive perspiring when people are engaged in paddy cultivation, road construction, schoolchildren playing in playgrounds, training sessions conducted by forces, sports meets and New year game organizers and participants.
“Failure to take sufficient fluids and minerals could lead to critical health complications such as fatigue, headache, drowsiness, vomiting, body pain, insomnia, increased sleepiness and loss of appetite,” Dr. Perera said.
The sweltering heat is experienced between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm. The doctor advised that the people should take adequate rest during the said period.
Dr. Perera further said that people take natural fluids such as king coconut water and orange mixed with a little bit of salt is an ideal thirst quencher, which also helps to keep the body hydrated.
He warned people especially children should not expose themselves to the scorching sun unnecessarily, as it would cause serious health complications, which could lead to heat stroke. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)
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