Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

August 10, 2017
Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

The summer heat can put children at increased risk of heat related injuries.

Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for and a few tips to staying healthy and safe

Risk factors:

  • Hot weather (especially 90 degrees F or above)
  • High humidity
  • Exercise
  • Young children being left in cars

Early: Heat Cramps

  • Muscle cramping – especially in the legs
  • Body temperature is still normal

Heat Exhaustion:

  • Body temperature rises
  • Children will seem fatigued, and possibly have nausea, vomiting, dizziness and even fainting.  The skin will feel warm/hot, moist and be red/flushed

Severe: Heat Stroke (this can be life threatening)

  • This is a true emergency. The body temperature is greater than 104.
  • Children may be confused, aggressive/agitated or have seizures, coma, stroke or cardiac arrest.

 

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be avoided!

Tips:

  • Try to avoid be outside for prolonged periods if temperatures are 90 degrees or above
  • Stay well hydrated – drinking at least 4-8oz for every 10-20 minutes of exercise.
  • Try to find shade and be out of the direct sunlight – especially in the middle of the day
  • Keep your skin wet with spray bottles to assist in cooling
  • Take lots of breaks
  • Avoid intense exercise on very hot and humid days

If signs of heat exhaustion– act quickly!

  • Cool body temperatures with ice packs/cool water. Get into air conditioning
  • Give lots of cool liquids
  • If symptoms do not improve rapidly, go to the emergency department

If signs of heat stroke are seen – go to an emergency department immediately.

Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for more information on keeping kids safe from heat related illness