Preventing a heat stroke: How to protect your child from the Sun?

Apps by Annie

With the summer almost transformed into fall, we can safely say that we have all probably gotten our fair share of the sun’s beams. What you may not realize when you’re out and about with your kids are the dangers lurking behind its light and heat.

Overheating, especially a heat stroke is a serious condition that has to be treated immediately. Children face a much greater risk of dehydration and heat stroke because their body surface area makes up a greater proportion of their overall weight than an adult’s.

What’s a heat stroke and how to spot the signs?

Heat stroke is the extreme overheating of the body, up to 104 °F (41 °C). Heatstroke is very dangerous because it tends to get a reputation of not being very harmful, but the opposite is true.

Heat stroke is much more serious that pure heat exhaustion because it can cause serious damage to your organs and brain. In extreme cases, heatstroke can lead to death.

How to tell you have a heat stroke?

The symptoms include:

  • fatique
  • fainting
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • rapid and shallow breathing
  • absence of sweat despite the heat
  • thirst and dry lips …

What can I do to prevent this from happening?

So you ask, what can I do to prevent this from happening? We’ve compiled a list of precautions you should follow to make sure your baby doesn’t suffer from the sun’s heat.

Drink often

Keeping your kids hydrated is the number one factor in preventing heat strokes. Your kids should drink at regular intervals, not only when they’re thirsty – when they feel thirsty, they are already dehydrated. ( Take a look at our tips on Making drinking fun for kids if you’re having trouble getting a few sips down with your children. – v plánu napsat)

Protect against sunburn

Sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself so always use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 20 when you go out with your kids. Remember that newborns should stay out of the sun altogether.  Make sure your kids wear hats and sunglasses when going outside during the hottest parts of the day.

Get acclimated

It’s not a good idea to send your little one to a football camp with rigorous training intervals if he or she stayed at home the previous month. Getting used to the hot weather takes some time and especially children not used to high temperatures are susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Take it easy

Plan your activities for the cooler parts of the days, such as early morning or evening and try to stay at home or in the shade from 10 am to 3 pm.

Don’t leave your kids in the car

This is a very common cause of heat-related deaths in children. In the 10 minutes that you just “pop” into a shop, the temperature in the car can rise 20 °F, making it unbearable to stay in even when the windows are down.

If you’re scared of leaving your child in the backseat by accident (and this happens more than you think!), always leave something you need at your stop in the backseat with your little one.