Summer Safety – Heat Exposure

As the weather heats up this summer, dehydration isn’t the only threat prolonged exposure to heat can cause. Make sure you and your child are protected from the heat as much as possible by following the tips below;

  • Never leave children inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Seek shade as much as possible to avoid direct sunlight
  • Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before your child goes outside and re-apply every two hours
  • Light clothing
  • Stay informed about local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
  • Before your child starts playing a sport, he or she should have a physical examination that includes specific questions about any history of heat illness.
  • Also refer to our “Spring Break Safety Tips”  blog entry from April 2013

How do you tell if your child is overheating? Watch for these signs if you feel you child may have already been exposed to the heat for a prolonged period.

  • Hyperventilation (rapid breathing)
  • Clammy skin
  • Headache
  • Heat cramps
  • Changes in behavior (sleepiness or temper tantrums)
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Dry Mouth
  • Profuse sweating or pale skin

Be sure to call us if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Dizziness, headache, and/or fatigue
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Seizure
  • Decreased responsiveness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Extreme thirst
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat

According to the CDC, “People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.” It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of excessive heat exposure.

The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice

Sources:

http://emergency.cdc.gov

http://kidshealth.org

http://www.nata.org

 

Jul 11, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none