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Simple Tips to Help Kids Stay Cool in this HOT Weather

The next time you see your child with sweaty, red faces, point out, “It looks like your body is overheating.” They have probably seen electronics overheat and then shut down. Teach them that their body is very similar



Photo: Kate Neidigh

You guys, it’s HOT.  Super HOT.  And with the heat comes certain dangers.  There’s currently a story out of Canada that’s grabbing the attention from parents everywhere.  According to an interview with Today, a 3-year old girl suffered heat stroke while inside her home during nap time. When the girl wouldn't wake up from her nap, the mom called for help. Paramedics told the mother the heat was to blame, the temperature in the bedroom was 122. Now that mom is warning other parents that heat related dangers don’t just happen outdoors, they can happen indoors as well.  (Thankfully the little girl made a full recovery).

According to the King County Health Department, one thing you can do to help your little ones with overheating is teach them how to be self-aware. When kids are outside, playing like crazy, they may very well go past the stage of just sweating to full-on heat exhaustion. The next time you see them with sweaty, red faces, point out, “It looks like your body is overheating.” They have probably seen electronics overheat and then shut down. Teach them that their body is very similar. When it overheats, they need to take some time out to allow their body to cool down.

Note, older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk for heat-related illness. But even young and healthy individuals can suffer in heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

You can protect yourself and loved ones against very hot temperatures by following these recommendations from the King County Health Department:

STAY COOL

·       Spend more time in air-conditioned places. If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting a mall, movie theater, library or other cool public places.

·       Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.

·       Dress in lightweight clothing.

·       Take a cool shower or bath, or place cool washcloths on your skin.

·       Check up on your elderly neighbors and relatives and encourage them to take these precautions too.

DRINK LIQUIDS

·       Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.

·       Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.

IF YOU GO OUTSIDE

·       Limit the time you're in direct sunlight.

·       Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.

·       Avoid or reduce doing activities that are tiring, or take a lot of energy.

·       Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.

·       Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.

For more tips visit, www.kingcounty.gov/beattheheat

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