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Minor heat stroke, or heat exhaustion, is commonplace in children.  The easiest away to avoid heat stroke is simply to always make sure there is a lot of water around whenever doing outdoor activities or trips.  Adequate water encourages normal sweating, which cools the body.  Heat stroke can be a serious and life threatening condition.

Signs of minor heat stroke or heat exhaustion:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness or headache
  • Nausea
  • Pale, cool, moist skin.

Signs of serious heat stroke:

  • Cognitive impairment, such as confusion, delirium, or unconsciousness.
  • Skin that is hot and dry, even under the armpits.

Treating heat stroke:

  • Call 911 if you suspect serious heat stroke.
  • Remove the child from the sun and into a cool room.
  • Remove unnecessary clothing. Strip the child to their underwear if possible.
  • Apply cool, wet towels around the child’s head and body, or sponge their body with cool water. (Not too cold, as this could cause shock.)
  • Offer the child plenty of fluids, although offer them slowly (sips).
  • Do not administer any over the counter medications, since these can aggravate the condition.


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