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How to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses in Children

This hot dry season, it is important to keep the children safe. Advise them to let an adult know if they are not feeling well or need to take a break. Parents and caregivers can check out these guidelines to help keep the kids cool and healthy on those steamy summer days.

1. Keep them hydrated
Remind your kids to drink water regularly. Have a bottle of water with you when going out so that it is always available. Monitor urine output. If your kids are not peeing, they are likely not drinking enough.

2. Dress them in light clothes
Dark colors absorb heat from sunlight, while light colors reflect it. Choose clothes made from lightweight and breathable fabrics.

3. Go outside when the sun is low, and the air is at its coolest
This is usually in the morning and late afternoon or evening. The hours between noon and 4 p.m. are the most dangerous for heat exposure in very hot weather. Opt to do indoor activities during the hottest part of the day.

4. Allow extra time for rest
Heat is tiring, and especially tiring for children. Plan your day with breaks.

5. Help your kids cool off
Give them a cool bath or spray them with a water mist. Run their wrists and ankles under cold water. Wipe their heads with a wet towel. Take them for a swim, but be sure to stay out of the full sun between noon and 4 p.m.

6. Never leave a child unattended in a car
Cars heat up quickly to dangerous temperatures when parked in the sun, even when it is not hot outside. When you park, make sure everyone is out of the car before you leave it.

7. Keep your home cool
If you don’t have air conditioning, open windows for ventilation and run a fan.

8. Find airconditioned public spaces
You might spend part of your day at the library or a mall. But be sure to follow minimum health protocols.

Ref: Accessed April 2023

The article written above is for informational and educational purposes only. For serious medical and health concerns, please consult a licensed health provider.