Staying Safe in the Summer HeatAugust 10, 2017
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
- Hot weather (especially 90 degrees F or above)
- High humidity
- Young children being left in cars
Early: Heat Cramps
- Muscle cramping – especially in the legs
- Body temperature is still normal
- 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!
- 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