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Water intoxication and the heat wave
  1. R M Kayani,
  2. P Ramnarayan
  1. Children’s Acute Transport Service, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr R M Kayani
    Children’s Acute Transport Service, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK; riazkayani{at}btinternet.com

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In the UK, we are presently in the middle of a considerable heat wave, with July 2006 declared the UK’s hottest month on record.1 Both the Department of Health and NHS Direct have been quick to disseminate health advice,2 particularly to parents and healthcare workers responsible for the care of children, about the dangers of exposure to heat and dehydration. This advice has emphasised the need for adequate fluid intake, particularly that …

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