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Beat the Hot Summer Sun: Tips to Prevent Heat Illness

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As the summer starts to heat up and your children are spending more time outside, it”s important to help protect them from heat-related illnesses. Here”s top tips from Children”s Healthcare of Atlanta to help parents keep their kids safe during outdoor summertime play.

  • Drink plenty of fluids during vigorous or outdoor activities (including sunbathing), especially on hot days. Drinks of choice include water and sports drinks; avoid alcohol and fluids with caffeine such as tea, coffee and cola, as these can lead to dehydration.
  • Dress your child in light-colored, lightweight, tightly-woven, loose-fitting clothing on hot days.
  • Schedule vigorous activity and sports for cooler times of the day. Take rest periods in shady or cool areas.
  • Protect children from the sun by having them wear a hat and sunglasses and by using an umbrella. Use a sunscreen that is at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15.
  • Increase time spent outdoors gradually to get your child”s body used to the heat.
  • Teach children to take frequent drink breaks and “wet down” or mist themselves with a spray bottle to avoid becoming overheated.
  • Try to spend as much time indoors as possible on very hot and humid days.
  • Do not leave children unattended in a hot automobile.
  • Teach children to warm-up and cool-down before and after exercising.
  • If your child has a medical condition or is taking medication, consult your child”s physician for further advice for preventing heat-related illnesses.

Some Signs of Heat-Related Illness:

”   #Cramps

”   #Very high body temperature

”   #Red, hot, dry skin (athlete is not sweating) or heavy sweating

”   #Rapid pulse

”   #Throbbing headache

”   #Dizziness

”   #Nausea/vomiting

”   #Confusion

”   #Loss of consciousness

”   #Paleness

Children”s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the leading pediatric healthcare systems in the country, is pleased to offer health and safety tips for parents and children. Children”s is a not-for-profit organization that benefits from the generous philanthropic and volunteer support from our community.# Operating three hospitals with more than half a million patient visits annually, Children”s is recognized for excellence in cancer, cardiac, neonatal, orthopedic and transplant services, as well as many other pediatric specialties.# Visit our website at www.choa.org to learn more about Children”s Healthcare of Atlanta.