Know the symptoms and how to prevent it:

Heat cramps are usually the result of dehydration and mineral loss. Seek shade and drink plenty of fluids. Gently massage the affected muscle to bring relief.

Heat exhaustion is more severe. Symptoms include cold, clammy skin, headache, fatigue and an elevated body temperature.

  • Seek shade or an air-conditioned space immediately.
  • Remove tight clothing and apply cold, iced towels or take a cool bath.
  • If relief doesn’t come within one hour, call your doctor.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency. If you notice symptoms such as warm, dry skin, high fever, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, nausea, confusion or weakness, call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Once help is on the way, seek shade or head indoors.
  • Remove all clothing, and drench your child’s skin with cool water.
  • Apply ice bags to the armpits and groin area.
  • DO NOT administer fluids unless the child is alert and able to drink safely.

Avoid heat illness by ensuring your child drinks plenty of fluids while playing outdoors – even if he doesn’t feel thirsty. Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day, and take frequent breaks from the sun.

For more information about heat illness, speak with a CHKD pediatrician today.