Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke: How To Protect Your Children

African American parents chasing children outsideSeveral weeks ago, I relocated from Northern Virginia to Phoenix with my two kids in tow. While I had previously lived on the West Coast (including PHX) one thing I forgot – it’s damn hot. We’re not talking that great for your curls humid heat, but that forever feeling of dry mouth heat.

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Naturally, the daily average temp of 110+ degrees put a damper on all the outdoor activities I had planned for my little ones including: hiking, biking, lounging by the pool, etc. So, in an effort to better protect my children (as they are far more susceptible to heat exhaustion than adults), I visited a local public health center to get a better grasp on the warning signs, symptoms and treatment for heat exhaustion and stroke.

Here’s what I learned:

Normal reactions to hot weather may include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Redness of the face
  • Heavy breathing
  • Thirst
  • Muscle cramps

Signs of overexertion and possibly heat exhaustion may look a little something like this:

  • Dizziness, weakness
  • Beet-red skin and looking miserable
  • Clamminess
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Lack of sweat