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Rising temperatures means more attention to kids playing outside

With temperatures expected to reach the 90's later this week, doctors say you need to remember that the heat affects kids differently than adults.

Hannibal Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Justin Bubolz says children are more likely to become dehydrated than adults because they can lose more fluid quickly. It's recommended for every hour they play outside, to drink at least 8 ounces of water.

"The water may keep the child's body temperature a little bit cooler and that can help. But it is still very important to hydrate your child. So I would offer fluids frequently. Offer fluids at least hour or so if not more often," Bubolz said.

If your kids will be out in the sun, it's recommended that they wear a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher. Also, be sure reapply the sunscreen about every two hours, or more frequently if they are going to be in the water.

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