How to keep kids cool in hot weather
Dr. Tony Woodward, medical director of emergency medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, shares some quick tips for keeping kids safe in hot weather.
- Be on the lookout for symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Make sure kids drink plenty of fluids, not waiting until they are thirsty to drink.
- Wear lightweight, loose clothing.
- Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, usually the afternoon.
- If your child experiences heat cramps, stop activity, take and break and have them drink small amounts of water.
- The most dangerous stage of heat illness is heat stroke. Parents should be alert to symptoms such as vomiting, decreased alertness or loss of consciousness, extremely high body temperature, rapid or weak pulse, and shallow breathing. Heat stroke can be life threatening, so be prepared to call 9-1-1 if symptoms worsen.
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, also with Children’s Hospital and Seattle Mama Doc, has these tips on the topic of Kids in Hot Cars.
- Look before you lock! Leave purse, briefcase, cell phone or computer in the back seat every day so you’re in the habit of checking the back seat every time you get out of the car.
- Never leave children or infants in a car, even if the windows are open.
- Don’t let children play in a parked car.
- Keep your car locked, even in your driveway.
- Don’t ever hesitate to call 9-1-1 if you see a child left unattended in a car.
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