What is a heat stroke and can he have children?
A heat stroke is a condition in which the body became extremely overheated. Basically it means that your body temperature is rising while the "cooling systems" are not working anymore. The condition can be life-threatening and overtake anyone, but in babies and young children the risk is higher than in healthy adults.
Your toddler, for example, might get heat stroke if she plays in the sandbox too long in hot weather, especially if she is dressed too warm and does not drink enough. Even a severe sunburn could make it vulnerable. Keeping your child in the parked car - which you should never do anyway - is also dangerous in terms of heat stroke. Because it can occur in the car within a minute, when the temperature in the interior skyrockets compared to the outside temperature.
How do I recognize a heat stroke in children?
Your child will probably have a comparatively mild preliminary stage of heat collapse. Signs include thirst, fatigue, leg and stomach cramps, and cold, wet skin.
If the collapse becomes a heat stroke, your child may have the following symptoms:
- Fever with 39 degrees Celsius and more, but it does not sweat
- Hot, red, dry skin
- Raging pulse
- a headache
- Fast, shallow breathing (panting)
- Lethargy (For example, your child may be less responsive to contact or touch than usual.)
You should also pay attention to signs of dehydration.
What can I do in a heat stroke?
You need to lower your child's body temperature as soon as possible. Do not lose time - a child with a heat stroke can quickly become unconscious.
First of all call the ambulance. Then pull out your child completely and place it in the coolest possible place. (If you are out and about, look for a shady spot or bring your child to a cool room.) While waiting for the ambulance, moisten a washcloth or cloth with cool water to rub off the child's body , Fan it by hand or with a fan to fresh air. Talk to your child and calm down. In mild cases, you can also give him something to drink. In severe cases not, then an infusion is placed. Also, antipyretic remedies will not help to normalize body temperature.
If your child has signs of heat loss, but not heat stroke, bring it inside - the cooler the room, the better. Give him a lot to drink, but nothing sweetened or hot because it could otherwise cause stomach cramps. You can also bathe your child cold or take a shower. Let it play inside for the rest of the day. If it does not recover quickly, you should go with him to the doctor or to the emergency department of the hospital.
How can I prevent my child from getting heat stroke?
Always remember that children can overheat quickly, especially if your toddler is lively and not yet acclimatized to the weather on a hot day - as is often the case in early summer or on vacation. Put light, light clothing on your child and put on a hat or cap.
Be sure to drink more on hot days than usual and rest occasionally. When the sun is burning properly, do not let it go outside. If your home gets hot and stifling quickly, go with it to the public library, shopping mall, or community facility.