When it comes to infants it is very important not to leave them in heat for a prolonged amount of time. Due to their small bodies they are more at risk to show signs of heat exhaustion faster than an older person would. Infant’s skin has yet to thicken and their senses of hot and cold can sometimes be a little off. Heat Exhaustion usually occurs in infants, young children, or much older adults. Here is my guide to possible questions you may have as a parent about your infant and heat exhaustion:
1. What can heat exhaustion do to my infant?
Heat exhaustion can eventually lead to heat stroke if not taken care of in a timely manor. Heat Exhaustion causes their bodies to over heat while turning off its bodies ability to cool itself off. Riding in a hot car or leaving a child in a parked car is a possible risk to your child. Heat Exhaustion is a serious matter that can be life-threatening if their bodies become exceedingly overheated.
2. What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion in Infants?
The signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion in infants are simple and take basic common sense to realize your child is overheated. The following are some of the basic signs that your child is suffering from heat exhaustion:
• A temperature exceeding 102 degrees with no sign of sweating
• Hot, red, or dry skin
• Rapid Pulse
• Rapid, Shallow Breathing
• Lethargy (When babies responses are not as strong as usual)
These are all signs that your child may be suffering from heat exhaustion and will need immediate attention before it worsens possibly causing death!
3. What do I do if I think my infant is suffering from Heat Exhaustion?
Immediately call 911. After 911 is called undress your infant and lay them in a cool area or in shade if outside. If near a house take your child in the air condition immediately and wait for the ambulance to arrive!
4. How can I prevent my child from Heat Exhaustion?
Here are the most basic tips for keeping your infant from getting Heat Exhaustion:
• Keep them in Light-Weight Loose Fitting Clothing
• Give them extra fluids
• Keep infants in shade when outside
• Often check your infants body to make sure there not overheating
• Do NOT keep your infant outdoors in extremely hot heat for prolonged periods of time!
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