Early School Health Radio Shows — 20 July 2016

When getting too hot and dehydrated spells danger for your child.


Leaving a child to wait for even a few minutes in a car on a hot summer day or the hot sun without any shade, can be down and outright dangerous.  That’s because children can overheat and get dehydrated quickly. That can lead to a condition called heatstroke explains Dr. Diane Sacks, Author of Caring For Your Child From Birth to Age Five. “Heatstroke is the body’s reaction to truly being out in the sun and not getting enough fluids, and so the body’s temperature does rise and the child can get nauseated and dizzy and feel faint.  The child needs to be cooled down and rehydrated.” Fortunately, with a few precautions,  heatstroke is very easy to prevent. “Wearing hats and staying in the shade during the hottest time of the day and making sure that your child has enough water on board, and water, not juice, is the fluid we want.  This is very important. ”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Toddler Books.

Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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