Published By: Sougata Dutta

Protect Your Child From This Unbearable Heat Stroke

Things you should know to fight against the summer!

Heatstroke is a serious medical emergency that can be fatal if not treated promptly. It occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature and overheats, leading to a rapid increase in body temperature. If left untreated, heatstroke can cause damage to the brain, heart, kidneys, and other organs, and can even result in death.

Stay hydrated

Encourage children to drink plenty of water and avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages, which can contribute to dehydration. Ensure that they drink water before, during, and after physical activity, and offer fluids frequently throughout the day.

Dress according to the weather

Dress children in lightweight, breathable clothing that covers the skin and protects against the sun's rays. Choose light colours and loose-fitting garments to allow for air circulation and to help keep the body cool.

Seek shade

When possible, seek out shady areas or bring a portable shade device to provide relief from the sun's rays. Avoid direct sun exposure during the hottest parts of the day, typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Limit outdoor activities

When temperatures are high, limit outdoor activities, especially during peak sun hours. Consider indoor activities or early morning and evening outdoor activities when temperatures are cooler.

Never leave children in cars

Never leave children alone in a parked car, even for a short period of time. Temperatures inside a car can rise rapidly, leading to heatstroke and even death.

Know the signs of heatstroke

Symptoms of heatstroke in children may include high body temperature, hot and dry skin, rapid heartbeat, headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. In case of a heatstroke, immediate medical attention is needed.

Steps you should take when you're facing heat stroke:

Heat stroke something very serious  If you or someone else is experiencing symptoms of heatstroke, take the following steps:
  • Move to a Cooler Location: Move to an air-conditioned building, shade, or a cool room or area as quickly as possible.
  • Remove Excess Clothing: Remove any excess clothing and cool the body by applying cool water or ice packs to the skin.
  • Hydrate: Encourage the person to drink cool water or other fluids without caffeine or alcohol, which can cause dehydration.
  • Monitor Body Temperature: Use a thermometer to monitor the person's body temperature. If it is 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) or higher, seek medical attention immediately.
Seek Medical Attention: If the person is experiencing severe symptoms, such as confusion, seizures, or unconsciousness, call for emergency medical services right away. Heatstroke can be life-threatening and requires prompt medical treatment.