Infants and young children are especially sensitive to the effects of extreme heat because their bodies naturally produce more heat and their abilities to cool through sweating are not as developed as adult. Protect your child from potential life-threatening heat-related illnesses by following these tips.
Stay Cool. Very high body temperatures could cause damage to your child’s brain or other vital organs. Avoid being outdoors during times of extreme heat and plan activities in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
Wear Light Clothing. When spending time outdoors, dress your child in loose, light-weight and light-colored clothing. Check local news for extreme heat alerts and seek out shady areas when outside.
Hydrate. Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids daily, but greater amounts of fluids before, during and after physical activity. Children should drink two to four cups of water every hour while playing outside, and should avoid drinks containing large amounts of sugar as they can dehydrate them.
Children in Cars. You should never leave children in a parked car. Cars can get up to dangerous temperatures in a short amount of time, even if the windows are cracked.