Reduce the risk of heat stroke affecting kids this summer

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Summer season is a fun season for kids. No school just play time all day long.

In the midst of all this excitement, it's critical to realise how to protect kids. It’s okay for them to spend time in the sun but they have to be well protected by using a sunscreen with adequate SPF along with good hydration, clothing and rest time. It is the key to avoid any sort of serious heat illnesses – the most severe being heat stroke. Heat exhaustion symptoms, a milder form of heat illness, often precede heat stroke. Experts have stated that heat stroke in children can be something extremely serious.

 

Heat stroke is a severe type of heat illness that happens when a youngster's body makes more warmth than it can discharge. This outcome in a fast increment in centre body temperature, leading to brain damage or death if not promptly treated.

Symptoms for Heatstroke -

• A body temperature that rises dangerously high – above 104Ëš Fahrenheit

• Absence of sweating

• Confusion, disorientation

• Flushed, hot and dry skin (skin may be wet)

• Loss of consciousness

• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea

• Rapid heartbeat and breathing

• Severe headache

• Seizures

• Weakness and/or dizziness

What can be done?

A heat stroke is a medical emergency. If your child has been outdoors, or in any hot environment, and shows symptoms, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

As soon as possible:

• Bring your kid inside or into the shade and undress quickly

• Begin quick cooling by drenching your kid in a bathtub of cold water

• If not accessible, apply cold towels over much of the body replacing frequently

• Avoid giving any sort of fluids unless your child is conscious and alert

Heat stroke in athletes and in babies

Heat stroke in athletes isn't phenomenal, particularly when kids are taking an interest in extreme games practices or camps among early afternoon and 6 p.m., the most sweltering hours of the day. In the event that your kid is an athlete, ensure the person takes water breaks at regular intervals and wears fitting garments: light shaded, lightweight and defensive against the sun. Converse with mentors about your worries and ensure they have an arrangement for hydration and crises.

 

Heat stroke in a baby is rare but it can be very dangerous. Allowing a baby or child to stay outside too long in hot weather, ride in a hot car or sit in a parked car – – which ought to never happen – can make his or her body temperature rise rapidly. Since infants and exceptionally youthful youngsters can't disclose to you when they're awkward, keep an eye out for signs like anxiety, quick breathing, laziness, crabbiness or vomiting.

Heat exhaustion symptoms

Heat stroke symptoms might appearlater before that kids often show symptoms of milder heat illnesses – heat cramps and heat exhaustion. If your kid has a painful muscle cramp in his or her legs, arms or abdomen after exercise in hot weather, bring him or her to shaded place, give him/her fluids that contain salt (like sports drinks) and gently stretch or massage sore muscles.

Usually when a child has been exercising in the heat or becomes dehydrated from losing excessive fluids and salt from sweating he or she may suffer from heat exhaustion and heat cramps.

Following are the symptoms you can look for if your kid has heat exhaustion:

• A body temperature that is elevated, usually less than 104Ëš Fahrenheit

• Cold skin despite the heat

• Fainting, dizziness or weakness

• Headache

• Increased sweating

• Increased thirst

• Irritability

• Muscle cramps

• Nausea and/or vomiting

Make sure you take every precaution needed and in case of emergency consult a doctor immediately without wasting time.

 

Written By -

Shivani Sharma