As the number of hot days increases, it's important to pay attention to the temperature gauge and how long your kids are out playing in the sun.
Heat illness kills hundreds of Americans every year, and it is the number one weather-related killer. Also, heatstroke is the top cause of exercise-related deaths among high school students.
But that doesn't mean you should keep the kids indoors during the summer. There are steps you can take to reduce the chances of getting heat illness.
What you can do
Preventing heat illness among young children and teens is difficult because they often do not recognize the symptoms.
But there are steps you can take to protect them when they are outside in the summer:
Also, if you have a child who is on prescription drugs or has some type of chronic condition, talk to your doctor about them playing outdoors.
Recognizing heat illness
Heat cramps: Heat cramps are the first stage of heat illness. Symptoms include muscle pain and tightness.
What to do:
Heat exhaustion: Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
What to do:
Heatstroke: With heatstroke, all the symptoms of heat exhaustion may be present, plus:
What to do: Call 911 or take the person to the emergency room immediately, and:
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