First Aid: Heat Illnessenparents hot weather, a child's internal temperature can rise and cause heat exhaustion, which can progress to heatstroke if not treated quickly.heat, hot, hot out, overheat, over heat, overheated, over heated, exhaustion, exhausted, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, hear illness, heat stroke, severe thirst, thirst, thirsty, parched, muscle weakness, weak muscles, nausea, vomiting, vomit, fast breathing, rapid breathing, headache, irritability, sweating, cool skin, clammy skin, clamminess, elevated temperature, elevated body temperature, fever, high fever, high temperature, 104 degrees fahrenheit, 40 degress celcius, elevated body temperature, elevation of body temperature, severe headache, throbbing headache, weakness, dizziness, confusion, weak, dizzy, confused, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, little or no sweating, flushed skin, hot skin, dry skin, summer, hot outside, sports, playing outside, play outside, hot weather, humid weather, humidity, emergency, emergencies, first-aid, firstaid, 911, dehydration, dehyrdated, drinking water, water, drink water, drink plenty of fluids, sunny, sunny weather01/19/200407/17/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD07/02/2018189b747c-b9ae-4c05-a5c8-d69de8fd777b<p><a href=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>Heat exhaustion starts slowly, but if it's not quickly treated it can progress to heatstroke. In heatstroke, a person's temperature reaches 105&deg;F (40.5&deg;C) or higher. Heatstroke requires <strong>immediate emergency medical care</strong> and can be life-threatening.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <h4>Of heat exhaustion:</h4> <ul> <li>increased thirst</li> <li>weakness and extreme tiredness</li> <li><a href="">fainting</a></li> <li>muscle cramps</li> <li>nausea and <a href="">vomiting</a></li> <li>irritability</li> <li><a href="">headache</a></li> <li>increased sweating</li> <li>cool, clammy skin</li> <li>body temperature rises, but&nbsp;to less than 105&deg;F (40.5&deg;C)</li> </ul> <h4>Of heatstroke:</h4> <ul> <li>severe headache</li> <li>weakness, dizziness</li> <li>confusion</li> <li>fast breathing and heartbeat</li> <li>loss of consciousness (passing out)</li> <li><a href="">seizures</a></li> <li>little or no sweating</li> <li>flushed, hot, dry skin</li> <li>body temperature rises to 105&deg;F (40.5&deg;C) or higher</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If your child has&nbsp;symptoms of heatstroke, <strong>get emergency medical care immediately</strong>.</p> <p>For cases of heat exhaustion or while awaiting help for a child with possible heatstroke:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Bring the child indoors or into the shade immediately.</li> <li>Undress the child.</li> <li>Have the child lie down; raise the feet slightly.</li> <li>If the child is alert, place in a lukewarm bath or spray with lukewarm water.&nbsp;</li> <li>If the child is alert and coherent, give frequent sips of cool, clear fluids.</li> <li>If the child is vomiting, turn onto his or her side to prevent choking.</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Teach kids to always <a class="kh_anchor">drink plenty of liquids</a> before and during any activity in hot, sunny weather &mdash; even if they aren't thirsty.</li> <li>Make sure kids wear light-colored, loose clothing in warm weather.</li> <li>Remind kids to look for shaded areas and rest often while outside.</li> <li>Don't let kids participate in heavy activity outdoors during the hottest hours of the day.</li> <li>Teach kids to come indoors immediately whenever they feel overheated.</li> </ul>
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