The heat advisories that had spread across much of the country earlier this week are dwindling, although temps are still stifling across twelve southern states. But did you know that even less-insanely-hot temperatures can pose a health danger, especially to young kids? Parenting.com has a great list of signs and symptoms to watch out for that might indicate your child is getting into danger:
Signs of over-exertion, and possibly heat exhaustion:
- Dizziness, weakness
- Beet-red skin
- Extreme fatigue that forces him to sit down
- Nausea or vomiting
- A bad headache
- Lack of sweat
- Looking very miserable
The article also illustrates how to tell the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and what to do if you think your child is suffering from heat-related illness. Read the rest of it here.
But before you click away, one more thing to keep in mind: please be very careful about leaving your children in hot cars! I know this seems obvious, but considering there have been 20 cases of children dying in hot cars already this year, it bears repeating. It’s not always a case of a mom or dad forgetting a baby in a car seat or intentionally leaving a child alone in a car, either: kids can climb into unsecured trunks or simply lock themselves into the family car while playing (or grabbing those Pokemon cars they left in there yesterday) and can’t figure out how to get out. I’ve been taking an extra moment to lock my minivan doors after getting out and make sure my kids know playing in cars is dangerous.
How do you keep your kids healthy in hot weather?