Local students treated for heat-related illness

- LOWER MAKEFIELD (WTXF) 15 students from William Penn Middle School were transported to area hospitals after exhibiting symptoms of heat-related illness following a field trip.

"We did hear a lot of teachers saying to drink a lot of water and stay hydrated," said a sixth grader at William Penn Middle School in Lower Makefield. Despite warnings from teachers students on an outdoor field trip were overcome by the heat.

"When we got back to school the nurse pretty much wanted everybody to drink a lot of water. We all got cups and she told us to drink at least three cups of water," said a student named Rebecca.

But school officials say 15 students had to be taken to the hospital for heat related sickness. It happened when they returned to school around one o’clock this afternoon.

"I just heard when we got back a lot of people passed out because of like heat exhaustion or maybe they were dehydrated," said Rebecca.

Temperatures are expected to be at or near 90 all weekend. Plenty of schools have field trips and the holiday means barbeques and beaches will be packed. We talked to Dr. Nina Radcliff, practicing physician and anesthesiologist, about the importance of staying hydrated.

She says have a plan. Always carry water bottles and take sips when you're feeling frazzled or hazy.
If you're parent have water within arm’s reach for each child.  They'll be likely to sip from it throughout the day if it's right there. Also be cautious of using blankets to shield children from the sun.  It can cause them to overheat and dehydrate quickly. Doctor Radcliff also says eat water rich foods like vegetables, fruits and yogurt. They will automatically up your fluid intake.

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