Stay Cool and Hydrated: Learn How to Beat the Heat this Summer
With summer comes long, hot days playing outdoors. While every child enjoys playing outside, as a parent it is important to ensure they don’t get too hot and suffer from heat-related illnesses as a result.
Heat-related illnesses can strike anyone, but children are more vulnerable than adults. Their smaller bodies produce more heat during physical activity than adults while also producing less sweat. Kids are also more likely to be too busy playing to stop and drink enough fluids.
Common Heat-Related Illnesses
Heat-related illnesses range in severity from hyponatrema, or low blood sodium levels, to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and eventually heat stroke. It’s important to know the symptoms of heat illnesses in order to recognize them.
- Elevated body temperature – a temperature above 104 degrees F is considered heat stroke
- Profuse sweating, often accompanied by cold, clammy skin
- Dizziness, weakness, fainting, or nausea
- Slowed or weakened heartbeat
If you child is showing any of these symptoms, move them to a cool, shady area and remove any unnecessary clothing. Have your child drink water or sports drinks and cool them down with fans or cold towels. If your child’s symptoms are severe or do not improve, contact our office immediately or dial 911.
While you should always be cautious of heat-related illness during hot Florida summers, with the proper precautions your family can safely enjoy the outdoor activities they love.