With near record-breaking temperatures hitting the state, it is important to remember the little humans among us as they partake in summertime sports and recreational activities. Kids and heatstroke go hand-in-hand in heat like this and, sadly, the condition can be fatal if not treated quickly.
Your children do not have to be participating in organized sports to be at risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Playing outdoors in our weather can be just as dangerous. Your child’s body does not regulate heat in the same way that your adult body does. Their bodies also rise in temperature at a rate that is five times faster that of an adult.
While getting outdoors and exercising is beneficial to children, it can also be dangerous if you are not aware of heat exhaustion and how to prevent it. Follow these tips, not only for your kids, but for anyone you know who will be spending time outdoors.
You can easily recognize the signs of heat exhaustion if you just look for In many them. They include profuse sweating, increased thirst, weakness, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, and an increased body temperature. If left untreated, these symptoms can escalate to seizures, confusion, rapid breathing, and a lack of sweating.
If your child or an adult is experiencing symptoms, bring the person into the shade or, better yet, indoors, immediately. Undress the person and have them lie down. Elevate the person’s feet and prop them on a rolled towel or pillow. If the person is alert, have them sit in a cool bath. Give them sips of cool water, but do not allow them to drink full glasses in a single go. If the person is vomiting, make sure they are lying on their side.
If you have done these things and symptoms persist or worsen, call for emergency help immediately. Without relief of symptoms, the person is at very real risk for