2014-11-28 11:50:57 by Dr. Joe Congeni - Director of Sports Medicine, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
Backpacking in the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
With school out and summer in full swing, family vacations abound. But, it's not just about beach adventures anymore. Many families are planning mountain hikes in the nearby Appalachians or even across the country in the Rockies.
But with that, we must be aware of altitude sickness, or acute mountain sickness.
Yesterday, I spoke with WAKR morning show host Ray Horner about this topic. We talked about the symptoms and treatment of acute mountain sickness. So be safe this summer and enjoy your adventures.
Below is an audio file and transcript of our discussion. Originally aired on 1590 WAKR-AM on July 9, 2014.
DR. CONGENI: Let me tell you why I want to cover . I've had a few kids in the office that have been going on some big hikes in the summer and have come back and had some altitude sickness, acute mountain sickness it's known as.
In its real mild form, kids may just start out with headaches or sleep problems, loss of appetite. They kinda have low energy or weakness, maybe even dizziness in its earlier stages.
When mountain sickness or altitude sickness gets a lot worse, kids have problems with confusion. They start getting cyanosis we call it -- blue lips and fingers tips -- and difficulty breathing. It's called rales. It sounds like crumpled up paper, and they really have trouble breathing.
Dr. Joe Congeni
It can become a life-threatening problem, and you have to get them out of these high altitude areas and bring 'em down to lower areas in many situations to get kids stabilized medically. So, it is kind of a big deal.
Uh, sometimes you need oxygen. Sometimes you need medicines. There are some preventative things that kids can do.
The reason I bring this up is, you know, there are a lot of kids this time of year come in my office and tell me they're not just staying in Ohio; they're hiking in different areas. One in particular is the Boy Scouts of America.
My son's leaving on his hike this weekend with his troop. There are 3,000 scouts a year that go to kind of the pinnacle of scouting: It's called Philmont camp in New Mexico.
The Boy Scouts there have 140,000 acres that they hike on, and a typical hike like my son's, they'll be going for 10 days and go 60 to 70 miles in the mountains. Mount Baldy, which is one of the peaks, is 12,000 feet above sea level.
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