Keeping it Cool: Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses in Kids
- Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
If heat stroke is suspected, seek medical assistance immediately and take the following action as recommended by the CDC:
- Get the victim to a shady area.
- Rapidly cool the victim using whatever means possible. Examples include immersing him in a tub of water, placing him in a cool shower, spraying him with cool water from a garden hose, or, if the humidity is low, wrapping him in a cool, wet sheet and fanning him vigorously.
- Monitor body temperature and continue to cool the victim until his body temperature drops to 101-102 ° F.
- If medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
- Do not give the victim fluids.