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Health Tip: Keeping your kids cool

By: Spencer
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We’re all aware that high temperatures can cause heat-related illness, but did you know it’s even more dangerous for children? In fact, a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s body.

Just like an adult, an overheated child can develop heat exhaustion, or the potentially fatal heat stroke. So how can you prevent your kids from getting heat exhaustion or heat stroke this summer?

  • Hydrate before play. Make sure your child is drinking water before playing or practicing sports outside.

  • Take hydration breaks. While playing in the heat, children should take five to 10-minute, drinking cool water, every 20-30 minutes. As temperatures climb into the 90s and 100s, kids need a break every 15 to 20 minutes.

On average, a child dies every 10 days as a result of heatstroke in a vehicle. This tragic accident can be prevented.

  • Never leave your child alone in a car. There is no safe amount of time to leave your child in the car. While it may be 70 our 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, temperatures in the car can reach 120 degrees.

  • Create reminders. Leave your wallet or cell phone next to your child in the car, as not to accidently forget a quiet child in the backseat.

  • Take action. Call 911 immediately if you see a child alone in a car.

With three Emergency Departments and three urgent care centers throughout Montgomery County, Adventist HealthCare has your emergency needs covered.