Summer Heat

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  • Plan to have a cool, air conditioned space for your child. If your home does not have air-conditioning, find a nearby building that does.  Libraries can be a great place to cool down.
  • Make sure your child stays well hydrated. Encourage him/her to drink regularly, even before he/she asks for it.  Do not give extra water to children less than 9 months old as this may cause seizures or death if given too much.  Use Pedialyte instead to help them stay hydrated.
  • Never leave children in a car or other closed motor vehicle. The temperature inside can become much higher than the outside temperature, and can rise to temperatures that cause death.
  • Heat related problems typically start (especially during exercise) with muscle cramps and fatigue.
  • Signs of Heat Exhaustion: Body temperature up to 104°F, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fainting, and flushed, moist skin.
  • Signs of Heat Stroke (Life Threatening): Body temperature above 104°F, confusion, combativeness, seizures, shock, coma (unresponsiveness), heart failure, or cardiac arrest.
  • Call your child’s doctor if he/she develops any of the following: Feeling faint, extreme tiredness, headache, fever, intense thirst, not urinating for hours, nausea, vomiting, breathing faster or deeper than normal, skin numbness or tingling, muscle aches, or muscle spasms.



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