Heat strokes occur when the body is exposed to high temperatures over
a long period of time. Combined with dehydration, it could lead to
the development of several alarming symptoms. Sending your child out
in the summer heat is always a risk. In the peak afternoon sun,
children and adults alike are prone to heat strokes. Keeping a child
cooped up in the house during the summer break is also an unfair
practice, as this is their time to unwind. Children often do not
understand their limitations and are always keen to play outside
longer. However, it's your duty as their parent to ensure there are
safety measures to ensure your child does not get a heat stroke.
One of the simplest safeguards to keep in place while
sending your child out to play or for outdoor sports and activities
is to try and avoid the peak afternoon sun. In the afternoon, with
the sun shining the most, your child is most prone to a heat stroke.
Try sending them out in the morning or later in the evening, while
the sun is not as strong. Keep your child's head covered is another
simple yet effective way to reduce the chances of them getting a heat
Dehydration can play a huge role in escalating
the symptoms of a heat stroke. Make sure to get your child into the
habit of drinking lots of fluids, preferably water, lemonade or
coconut water. Avoid drinks with caffeine such as aerated drinks, as
those dehydrate your child rather than rehydrate them.
to light natural fabrics such as cotton or linen when dressing
yourself and your child this summer. Avoid wearing tight clothes that
restrict air circulation and for the skin to breathe. Wear light
colours which reflect the light rather than absorb and trap
Though this does not need saying, remember to not
leave your child or your pets in the car while you are running
errands. Cars are confined spaces prone to overheating and can easily
cause heat strokes.
Some common symptoms of heatstrokes
to look out for when your child returns from playing outside include
– dry, hot and red skin, rapid breathing, throbbing headache,
nausea, dizziness and confusion.
If your child develops
any of these symptoms after playing outside, make sure to change them
into loose clothing, fan them to circulate air, wet their skin to
cool it down. If symptoms progress, be safe and go see your doctor.