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Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke in Children

By |2024-05-10T08:37:05-04:00April 11th, 2018|Categories: Pediatrics, Pregnancy and Parenting|Tags: |

During summer it can get hot and children playing outside may not recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here are some tips to help you keep kids safe this summer.

The First Warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion Include:

  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Nausea and fatigue
  • Headache and confusion
  • Pale, clammy skin
  • Profuse sweating and rapid heartbeat
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dark-colored urine (sign of dehydration)

If You Experience Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:
Get into a cool, air-conditioned area, drink fluids, and rest. Heat exhaustion left untreated can develop into heat stroke and immediate medical attention is necessary.

Warning Signs of Heat Stroke Include:

  • High body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

If You Suspect Someone May Be Suffering From Heat Stroke:
Call 911, get them into a cool, air-conditioned area, begin cooling their body with cold water, and direct moving air towards the person. Death or permanent disability can occur if medical treatment is delayed.

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke Prevention:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wear lightweight clothing and a wide brimmed hat
  • Drink fluids, especially water, throughout the day (even before feeling thirsty)
  • Take breaks in cool areas as frequently as possible
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