First Aid for Your Child: Heat Exhaustion

 

First Aid for Your Child: Heat Exhaustion


First Aid for Your Child: Heat Exhaustion


 


Heat Exhaustion


Heat exhaustion can begin suddenly as a result of excessive exercise, sweating and inadequate fluid intake.


Symptoms


•Feeling faint


•Nausea


•Pale complexion


•Fast heartbeat


•Low blood pressure


•Hot, red, sweaty or dry skin


•A fever (usually less than 40˚)


What to Do


•If your child is sitting in the sun, move  him out of it


•Lay him down and elevate his legs slightly


•Remove or loosen his clothing


•Have him drink cold (not iced) water


•Spray him with cool water or fan him


•If the fever is more than 40 C, monitor your child closely in case of seizures, and seek medical assistance


 


Read also in the First Aid for Your Child series: Allergic Reactions, Burns, Bleeding, Electric Shock, Tooth Loss, Motion Sickness, FeverEye Injury and Choking.