- 1). Watch for symptoms in children or adults when altitudes of about 7,000 to 8,000 feet are reached. These are common altitudes in several mountain ranges located in the United States. Initial symptoms might be complaints of feeling lightheaded, weakness, or mild to moderate headaches.
- 2). Notice any vomiting or nausea, also common to young adults and children. Whenever possible, when driving mountain roads, stop frequently in order to allow children or others to get some fresh air and walk around a little. Encourage them to take deep, slow breaths in order to increase oxygen flow in the lungs.
- 3). Drink plenty of fluids as higher altitudes are reached. Avoid alcohol and eat frequent small meals or snacks. Higher altitudes offer less oxygen saturation in the air. At around 14,000 feet, most people will notice some symptoms of altitude sickness, such as increased thirst and the sensation that he just "can't get enough air."
- 4). Watch for difficulty sleeping at high altitudes. This may be caused by a decrease in the amount of oxygen content in the air. Whenever possible, avoid activities that may cause tiring, such as hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, until the person has become more acclimated to the altitude.
- 5). Be on the alert for more serious symptoms of altitude illness, such as difficulty breathing or confusion. Coughing is also a common symptom of difficulty to acclimate to a higher altitude.
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