Keeping your children safe this summer is very important. When your children are out in the sun you need to be very aware of heat exhaustion and heat related illness. Heat exhaustion, which can lead to a heat stroke, will occur when the body gets to hot and you become dehydrated. This usually comes from not drinking enough water while exercising. Normally your body will cool itself by sweating, but if you are exposed to very high summer temperatures for a long period of time your body can lose fluids. If your body’s fluids are not replace you will suffer heat exhaustion. It is very important to keep both yourself and your children hydrated with lots of water this summer.
There are many signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion. Heavy sweating is one of the first signs you will see. If you see your children sweating a lot, make them take a break and give them some water. Having your children take a break every 15 minutes will keep them safe. Headache and fatigue are also warning signs of heat exhaustion. Victims of heat will start to get very thirsty. Rapid heartbeat and muscle cramps will start to set in, as the core body temperature begins to rise. Heat stroke can lead to a heart attack even in children. If someone suffering from heat stroke has a body temperature higher than 103°F you must get them medical attention immediately by calling 911. Make sure you have plenty of water and power aid for children to drink.
Keeping your children safe from heat exhaustion and heat stroke is very easy. You should make sure that your kids have plenty to drink during the day. Children tend to forget to drink water while having fun, so make sure you monitor their intake. Have your children take brakes while they are outside. Having someplace in the shade for them to take a rest and a drink is preferred. Make sure you are careful if your children go out to play by themselves, give them water bottles or sports drinks to take with them. Children do not really like to drink water, which is not a bad thing. The body actually needs more than just water to resist heat stroke. Sports drinks such as Power-aid and Gator-aid have electrolytes and salts in them that your body needs, plus kids love the fun colors and taste. There is a reason that you see sports stars drinking sports drinks. If you keep an eye on your children and make sure they keep themselves hydrated, you won’t have to worry about any heat stroke or heat exhaustion this summer.
Remember that if you or your children do suffer from heat exhaustion this summer, bring the victim indoors immediately and consult a physician. Heat exhaustion and Heat Stroke can lead to a heart attack and/or death.