Keep kids hydrated when temperatures heat up
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:05:59 GMT —
With temperatures in the 90's on the way, it's important to remember heat safety when heading outside with your children.
"If it is above 95 degrees with the heat index, the mortality with heat injury goes up," Dr. Nicole Albin, a family medicine physician with Capital Region Medical Center, said Friday.
Every parent has their own way of telling when their child is getting too hot.
"If she gets red or starts to sweat... we better go and do something about it," St. Louis residents Michelle and Gave Wilson said.
"Really flushed cheeks, and watch if their play slows down, if they seem to be sluggish," Rachel Bullock, of Brazito, said.
"Clammy, hot feeling and red cheeks and fussing," Jefferson City resident Elizabeth Harlan said.
Dr. Albin said there are three things parents need to look out for in hot weather; heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
"Heat exhaustion is where they actually begin to feel poorly, their skin might get a little bit pale, they may not be sweating anymore, they also could have some upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting or feel like they're going to pass out," Albin said.
"And then the heat stroke is actually an emergency, and that is when their core temperature gets above 104 degrees. That's when they actually have to go to the ER because they're getting cellular damage to their central nervous system."
Dr. Albin says parents should make sure their children are hydrated before going outside on hot days and take frequent breaks for water and rest. If the temperatures climb too high they should try to stay inside.
If you to bring your children outside, dress them in light-colored, lightweight clothing, hats, sunscreen and never leave them inside a hot car.