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Protect Children from Heat Related Illnesses this Holiday Season

Protect Children from Heat Related Illnesses this Holiday Season

Be aware of symptoms and preventative measures 

MACON, GA (Monday, June 24, 2013) – As temperatures soar in central Georgia, it is important to remember that infants and children are at high risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Each summer, children fall victim to heat related illnesses that can be prevented with proper caution and care. As the Independence Day holiday approaches, parents should be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and how to prevent these potentially life threatening illnesses.

  • Heat exhaustion is an acute reaction to heat exposure. Signs include weakness, dizziness, nausea, headache and finally, collapse. The skin becomes cold and clammy while pupils dilate, and body temperature and blood pressure become lower.
  • Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, a far more serious condition, if the body is unable to cool itself. The person may become confused and lethargic, the body ceases to sweat, body temperature will rise rapidly, and seizure may occur. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition.

A pediatrician from The Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia is available to discuss ways that parents can safeguard their children from the heat related illnesses, including:

  • Remaining indoors during the hottest parts of the day, generally 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Remaining hydrated by consuming water and sports drinks that replace electrolytes.
  • Wearing proper clothing in the heat.
  • Not leaving children in car seats or unattended in hot cars, even for short periods of time.

To schedule an interview, please contact The Medical Center of Central Georgia.