Spotting Signs of Heat Exposure in Kids

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You remembered the sun screen before you headed out the door, but when those rays are accompanied by high heat, that's where the real danger is. According to the Centers for Disease Control an average of 618 people per year died of heat exposure between 1999 and 2010. Unlike adults, your kids aren't likely to recognize when the heat is starting to get to them. That's why it's important for parents to spot the warning signs and act quickly.

Heat-related illness typically happens when you are exposed to hot temperatures and become dehydrated. The most common symptoms can easily be mistaken for something less dangerous. They include: dizziness, fatigue, headache, muscle cramps and rapid heart beat.

If your child experiences these symptoms make sure they get plenty of fluid, maybe even a popsicle. Seek a cooler environment, like shade or air conditioning. Remove extra and tight fitting clothing. If possible, give them a cool shower or bath.

If left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke within 30 minutes. The primary symptom of heat stroke is a body temperature above 105 degrees. According to the Mayo Clinic, heatstroke can cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys and can even cause death. However staying cool can be easy and inexpensive if you get creative. For instance, check out the mall, the movie theatre or even a casino.

For more information about the symptoms of heat exhaustion or tips on how to stay cool - click the link below.