Keeping it Cool: Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses in Kids
In This Article:
- Heavy sweating
- Muscle cramps
- Tiredness or weakness
- Dizziness, headache, or fainting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Cool, moist skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Fast, shallow breathing
If heat exhaustion is left untreated, it can progress to heat stroke. To avoid this, the American Red Cross (ARC) recommends the following treatment:
- Move the individual to a cool place.
- Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool wet clothes (such as sheets or towels soaked in water) to the skin.
- Have the victim sip half a glass of cool water every 15 minutes.
- Monitor the individual for any changes in his condition.
- Seek medical attention if the symptoms are severe, worsen, or if the victim has high blood pressure or heart problems.