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Avoiding Heat Exhaustion (kids & pets)

It’s heating up outside! While we love the warmer weather it’s important to remember that there are health risks with high heat.

Normally, the body cools itself down by sweating. Heat related illness can occur when the body heats more quickly than it can cool itself down, leading to heat exhaustion or the life-threatening condition, heat stroke.

You and your family should know these signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion:

·         Heavy sweating

·         Weakness

·         Cold, pale and clammy skin

·         Fast, weak pulse

·         Nausea or vomiting

·         Fainting

If you suspect heat exhaustion, move the person to a cooler location, provide water, loosen the clothing and apply a cool compress to cool them down. If they vomit or worsen, call 911.

If the condition worsens, you might notice these signs of heat stroke:

·         Red, hot dry skin

·         High temperature (above 103 degrees F)

·         Confusion

·         Convulsions

·         Fainting

Call 911 immediately. Move the person to a cooler environment and try to cool them with a cool cloth or bath.

Prevent heat exhaustion with these tips:

·         Stay in air-conditioned buildings when possible

·         Avoid direct sunlight by finding shade or bringing an umbrella

·         Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing

·         Hydrate – drink 2-4 cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside

·         Take breaks to rest from work or play in the sun every 15-20 minutes

Even pets can experience heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Follow these tips to keep your furry friends cool.

·         Keep pets in air conditioning when possible

·         While traveling in a car, ensure the pet is well ventilated and never leave the pet in the car with the windows closed

·         When outdoors, ensure your pet has plenty of shade and water

 

Need medical care fast? Adventist HealthCare has you covered with three Emergency Departments and three Urgent Care Centers in Montgomery and Prince George’s County.

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